News ID: 319913
Published: 0349 GMT February 05, 2022

Regional countries could resolve problems if U.S. expelled

Regional countries could resolve problems if U.S. expelled

International Desk

President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi on Saturday blamed the United States for problems in West Asia, saying peace and stability would be restored with the expulsion of American forces from the region.

Speaking with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on the phone, Raeisi said all the issues of the region would be resolved provided that transregional powers stop their intervention.

“Regional problems stem from the Americans’ excessive demands,” Raeisi said.  “If they (the Americans) are expelled from the region in a real fashion and not superficially, we will see that regional nations can work together to fully maintain peace, stability and security of the region.”

He said Iraq has a “special status” in Iran’s foreign policy approach which prioritizes stronger relations with neighboring and regional countries.

The president noted that Tehran and Baghdad had “successful experience” in their joint fight against Daesh and other terrorist groups, saying such cooperation should continue to help guarantee regional security and stability.

Raeisi thanked Iraq for hosting several rounds of talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia to restore their diplomatic relations.

“Iran is ready to continue the negotiations until a result is reached, provided that the Saudis are also willing to continue the talks in a climate of mutual understanding and respect,” he pointed out.

The president pointed to the sufferings and hardships of the people of Yemen where Saudi Arabia has been waging a devastating war for nearly seven years and hoped that the Iraqi government would lead a regional initiative to help lift a crippling siege on Yemen and restore the rights of its people.

Kadhimi welcomed Iran’s policy of better regional interactions, expressing hope that cooperation and relations between the two neighbors would further deepen.


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