Foreign Policy
Sun Aug 09, 2020 7:59
Envoy Hails Initiatives Taken by Al-Kadhimi’s Gov’t to Broaden Ties with Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi appreciated on Sunday the steps taken by the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi to broaden Baghdad-Tehran relations.

"The measures have been taken in line with widening of bilateral relations in the fields of economy and politics," Masjedi said.

The Iranian ambassador described the relations between the two countries as outstanding, and said, "The two countries have many commonalities in the areas of history, geography, and culture."

Masjedi pointed out that in order to witness a strong, independent, stable, and developed Iraq, the country needs to put aside the political, religious, and tribal differences.

In relevant remarks in July, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi agreed to form a special committee to seriously pursue implementation of agreements signed by the two neighboring states.

The agreement was made during the meeting on July 21 between the two high-ranking officials in Tehran.

In the meeting, President Rouhani said that the foreign powers cannot disrupt the brotherly relations of the two old neighbors.

"The concern and interest of the two nations and governments of Iran and Iraq towards their fates is a great asset on the path of all-out development of their relations," the Iranian president added.

He said that Iran and Iraq share numerous commonalities in cultural, religious, historical and political fields and the seminaries of Qom and Najaf are regarded as two great assets of Iran and Iraq.

Rouhani said that Iran and Iraq can pass through the difficult situation created by the deadly coronavirus, noting that the two countries should accelerate implementation of all the existing agreements through widespread cooperation.  

"The Islamic Republic of Iran firmly supports the determining role played by Iraq as a powerful Muslim and Arab country in the region in line with restoring peace and stability," the Iranian president added.

Al-Kadhimi, for his part, described relations between Iran and Iraq beyond the ordinary ties between two neighboring states, and said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Iraq enjoy strategic relations and the deep affection of both countries’ people to each other is a strong backup for these strategic relations."

 

 

 

 

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