0621 GMT September 23, 2020
Velayati made the remarks after a meeting with visiting former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki on Tuesday.
He called Maliki as a friend who worked hard to advance the interests of the Iraqi people, according to Mehr News Agency.
He also described his meeting with this Iraqi official as "very positive".
The Iranian official said that West Asia is under the influence of the fraternal, close, and good neighborly relations between Iran and Iraq.
Velayati also stressed the need for further expansion of relations between the two neighboring countries.
Maliki arrived in Tehran on Sunday night. He held separate meetings with Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani and Iran’s Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf on Monday.