News ID: 313761
Published: 0308 GMT June 09, 2021

Iran reaffirms support for independent Iraq

Iran reaffirms support for independent Iraq
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh (L) holds talks Iraq's Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein in a meeting in Baghdad, Iraq, on June 9, 2021.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman reiterated Iran’s support for a strong, free, developed, united and independent Iraq during a visit to the neighboring country.

Saeed Khatibzadeh, who is in Iraq on an official visit, discussed ways to expand all-out relations between Tehran and Baghdad in meetings with Iraq's Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein, Iraqi National Security Council Advisor Qasim al-Araji, former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and Sheikh Humam Hamoudi, leader of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI) on Wednesday, according to Press TV.

During his meeting with Iraq's foreign minister, both officials discussed a range of issues including mutual interest, regional developments and bilateral relations, repayment of Iraqi debts and Shalamcheh-Basra railway, according to the Foreign Ministry’s official website.

He also sat down with a number of Sunni clerics, visited al-Tamayoz Strategic Institute and al-Nahrain Research Institute, and spoke with Iraqi scholars and thinkers about the latest regional developments and Iran-Iraq relations, and answered questions from the audience. 

Iran’s full support for the Iraqi government and the will of the Iraq people as well as backing parliamentary elections in Iraq were among issues discussed in Khatibzadeh’s meetings on his first day of visit to Baghdad. 

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Iraq last April, where he held “excellent” talks with top Iraqi officials and senior Shia and Sunni leaders.




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