In a telephone conversation with his Iraqi counterpart Barham Salih on Sunday, Raeisi said Iran supports Iraq’s unity, independence, security, and the elevation of the Arab country’s regional and international standing.
He also voiced Tehran’s backing for the formation of a strong government in Baghdad, stressing the need for efforts to ensure regional security and calm without foreign interference, Tasnim News Agency reported.
"We consider the slightest insecurity in Iraq to be to the detriment of the whole region, so we welcome the realization of the interests of the Iraqi people and the establishment of a strong government in this country."
Raeisi said time has proved the truth of the remarks from Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei that the US has by no means any sympathy for the Muslim nations in the region, especially for the Iraqis.
It has now become clear that the outsiders are only after hegemony and fulfillment of their own interests, the Iranian president added.
“Any country in the region that neglects the hegemonic objectives of the US and the Zionist regime [of Israel] would trample on the interests of its nation and be abhorred by the Muslim nations,” he added.
Raeisi further hailed “good steps” taken to develop relations between the two neighbors.
“We are determined to boost relations and cooperation between the two countries in all fields."
Salih called for close cooperation between Baghdad and Tehran to overcome regional challenges, saying Iran plays a major role in the establishment of regional stability and security.
“Establishing stability and security in the region is very important and we pin hopes on the active role of the Islamic Republic in this regard," he said.
“Via bolstering cooperation and coordination, we can take useful and effective steps to ensure the interests of our nations and the nations of the region," Salih added.
The remedy for the regional crises relies on the willpower of the nations and intra-regional solutions without foreign interference, Salih added.