President Hassan Rouhani on Monday expressed support for Iraq’s participation in regional affairs and its mediatory role.
Rouhani made the comment during a telephone conversation with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.
He said Iraq, as an important member of the Arab League, can play a positive role in resolving disputes among regional nations.
Tehran last week confirmed media reports that Iranian and Saudi officials met in Baghdad in April.
The first high-level meeting between the two regional powers in five years was facilitated by Kadhimi.
Rouhani further called on Iraq to utilize its position in the Arab League to help address the issue of Palestine.
“We expect Iraq, considering its capacities in the Arab League, to try to make the league more active on the issue of Palestine,” he said.
Rouhani hailed Iraq's stance on condemning Israel’s crimes against the people of Palestine.
The president further emphasized the necessity of cooperation between Iran and Iraq in the fight against terrorist groups which he said seek to harm the good relations between the two neighbors.
Rouhani also denounced the US double standard in the fight against terrorism, saying its operations on the Iraqi-Syrian border are “ambiguous”.
“The Americans have always played a destructive role in the region and their presence in Iraq will not contribute to the stability and security of this country,” he said.
The Iraqi premier strongly condemned the Israeli regime’s killing of defenseless Palestinians in Gaza and stressed the need for a serious and decisive action against the Zionist crimes.
Kadhimi pledged that Iraq will definitely adopt firm stances on the recent developments in Palestine in consultations with Muslim leaders and the Arab League member states.
He also urged serious confrontation with terrorist groups across the region, expressing gratitude to Tehran for cooperation with Baghdad in the battle against terrorism.