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Published: 0232 GMT July 31, 2021

Iraqi president to visit Iran soon

Iraqi president to visit Iran soon

Third round of Tehran-Riyadh talks 'satisfactory': Iraq's FM

International Desk
Iraq's President Barham Salih will soon pay an official visit to Iran, Iraqi Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein said on Saturday. 
Hussein said Salih, heading a high-ranking delegation, will travel to Tehran "in the coming days" to discuss various issues with Iranian officials, IRNA reported.
The top diplomat said the change of government in Iran requires new dialogue on relations between Iran and Iraq, regional countries and the United States. 
Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi will assume power as Iran's new president on August 5, replacing outgoing President Hassan Rouhani. 
Hussein also said Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi will visit Iran after the new Iranian government takes office on the invitation of Tehran but "no date has been set for the trip yet". 
Favorable result
Iraq hosted talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia, which started in April, to restore relations that Riyadh cut in 2016 after protestors stormed Saudi diplomatic missions following the kingdom's execution of a revered Shia cleric.
Iran said in May that negotiations with Saudi Arabia were centered on bilateral and regional issues.
The top Iraqi diplomat said Tehran and Riyadh have held the third round of discussions with Iraq playing "an important role".
"The result [of the talks] was satisfactory," Hussein said. 
"More importantly, Iran and Saudi Arabia have started discussing positions related to bilateral ties," he added. 
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