Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said Sunday Tehran and Baghdad can play an “effective” role in the regional and global arenas after holding talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.
“The role of the two countries in the region, the world and international relations can be very effective,” Raeisi told a joint press conference in Tehran.
He said there is a “strong bond” between the Iran and Iraq which “stems from the beliefs and hearts of two nations”.
The president noted that bilateral ties will “develop day by the day” contrary to the will of the enemies.
Raeisi also said during his talks with Kadhimi, they stressed the need to develop the railway corridor and accelerate the construction of the railroad linking Iran’s border town of Shalamcheh in the southwest with the Iraqi port city of Basra.
According to the president, they also discussed how to boost financial and monetary interactions.
He said the Iraqi premier announced a piece of “good news” that visa requirement between Iraq and Iran is waived.
Raeisi said Kadhimi promised to let in more Iranians to take part in this year’s Arbaeen pilgrimage.
Iraq said earlier this month that only 30,000 pilgrims from Iran will be allowed to visit Shia holy shrines during days before and after Arbaeen which falls on September 27 this year and marks the 40th day since the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).
The Iraqi prime minister said Baghdad has an “unwavering” stance on its relations with Tehran, noting that “the Iraqi government and people will stand by the Iranian people and government” in the face of all challenges and problems.
He said Iraq and Iran are “determined to elevate the level of our relations as much as possible in the best interest of the two nations”.
Kadhimi said people of Iraq seek to establish a “democratic culture", to strengthen relations with all neighboring countries, and to get rid of all the consequences of “futile and baseless wars” that has gripped the country since the downfall of former dictator Saddam Hussein in early 2000s.
Kadhimi, heading a high-ranking political and economic delegation, landed in the Iranian capital on Sunday morning and was received by Iranian Energy Minister and head of the Iran-Iraq Joint Commission Aliakbar Mehrabian.