Iranian Ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi and the neighboring Arab country’s Finance Minister Ali Abdul-Amir Allawi conferred on the releasing of Tehran’s frozen funds a day after it said $3b of the Islamic Republic’s frozen assets in other countries will be released soon.
President Hassan Rouhani reaffirmed Iran’s opposition to any foreign interference in Iraq, saying security, integrity, peace and tranquility in the Arab state are among top priorities of the Islamic Republic.
Pope Francis, making the first trip by a pontiff to Iraq, made an impassioned call on Friday for an end to the militant violence, fratricide and religious strife that has plagued the country for decades, saying peacemakers should finally be given a chance.
Iraqi officials and religious scholars lambasted NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg’s latest remarks that the US-led military alliance plans to significantly increase its forces in the Arab country, describing the measure as unacceptable and unjustified.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance decided to expand a NATO training mission in Iraq from 500 to around 4,000 personnel while defense ministers of member states held off on making a final decision on NATO's 9,600-strong support mission in Afghanistan.