Iraqi PM hails close ties with Iran
Prime Minister of Iraq Adil Abdul-Mahdi hailed the close and amicable relations with Iran.
Iran Press/Middle East: “In our engagement with neighbors, our emphasis is on working together on commonalities, and through this way, we can gradually resolve disputes with confidence and goodwill,” Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi said in his weekly press conference on Tuesday.
Elsewhere, Iraqi Prime Minister stressed that all developments happening on shared borders with Syria, as well as ISIS activities, are under his government’s constant watch, adding that Iraq is in contact with Syria, Turkey and the international coalition in this regard, Mehr News Agency reported.
Adil Abdul-Mahdi further noted the visit of high-ranking delegations from some countries to Baghdad in the coming days.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Ali al-Hakim had earlier said that foreign ministers of Iran, France, and United States as well as a president would travel to Baghdad on separate occasions during January for an official visit.
He did not name the country whose president would be making a visit to Iraq. Meanwhile, some Iraqi sources had reported the imminent visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to Baghdad.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will lead a high-ranking politico-economic delegation to Iraq after concluding his visit to India.
On Jan. 05, Iran's ambassador to Baghdad, Iraj Masjedi, emphasized that Iraq does not have a more sincere and honest friend than the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Iran is currently Iraq's top trading partner, with annual turnover of about $12 billion, according to Iraqi officials.