Commentary: Iran, Iraq Explore Ways of Strengthening Ties
The five-day visit by Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, to Iraq highlights brotherly ties between the two countries.
In addition to meeting with the president, the prime minister and the speaker of Iraqi parliament in Baghdad, Zarif met with the Kurdistan region officials in Erbil and Sulaimaniyah.
Iran FM's visit to five Iraqi cities and the warm welcome of Iraqi Shiite, Sunni, and Kurdish officials proves that Tehran has adopted an identical policy towards Iraqi ethnic groups.
In the framework of supporting a unified and integrated Iraq, Iran has been interacting with all Iraqi groups.
The Islamic Republic of Iran regards security, stability, and peace in Iraq as its security and stability.
Zarif participation in three economic conferences in different regions of Iraq and the emphasis of the country's officials on the expansion of cooperation with Tehran show that Iraqi and Iranian authorities have a common will to expand their economic cooperation during the post-Daesh and anti-Iran US sanctions periods.
The common culture, religion and language are the basis for Iran-Iraq cooperation and relations in various fields, and such relations promise a clear vision for two countries.
The relations between Iran and Iraq are so friendly and deep that Zarif told reporters in Najaf on Thursday, there is no right for US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to interfere in relations between Iran and Iraq.
Iran FM added the Relations between the two neighbors, contrary to the relations of some countries, are not artificial.
US President Donald Tramp also recently visited Iraq. The difference between Tramp and Zarif visits shows the facts on the political scene of Iraq.
In December 2018, US President Donald Trump went directly to the US military base in the Iraqi province of Al-Anbar. The visit was overnight and along with special security measures. Trump did not pay attention to Iraqi sovereignty during the visit.
The Trump's unannounced visit and a cold welcome for US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Baghdad show that Washington is not the true friend of Iraq.
Zarif's five-day trip to Baghdad and then to Erbil and Sulaimaniyah shows the Islamic Republic of Iran's clear and principled policy of respect for Iraqi sovereignty.
The Iraqis anger over the presence of American forces, and condemning the Trump's overnight visit to the west of Iraq, as well as the opposition of Iraqi officials to Pompeo's request to cut off economic cooperation with Iran, refers to the type of Iraq's approach to the US and Iran.
During Iraq's fight against Daesh terrorist group in various parts of the country, Iran helped Shiites, Sunnis, and Kurds and did not undermine Iraq's territorial integrity. 101/210/213