Jan 14, 2019 07:16 Asia/Tehran
  • Sanctions determined Iraq to expand relations with Iran: Ammar al-Hakim

The Head of the Iraqi National Wisdom Movement (al-Hikma) said, US unilateral sanctions against Iran, have determined Iraq to expand its relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Iran Press/Middle East: In a meeting with Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif in Baghdad, Seyyed Ammar al-Hakim added that, Iran has always supported Iraq and accordingly, we consistently opposed unilateral sanctions  and condemn them.

al-Hakim added that the Islamic Republic of Iran has contributed greatly to Iraq against the ISIS terrorist group, and Iran's role in this regard is undeniable, Iran Press reported.

The Foreign Minister of Iran also appreciated the immense role of the Iraqi authorities and political leaders, including Seyyed Ammar al-Hakim, in securing the country' stability and integrity.

In meeting with his Iraqi counterpart Muhammad Ali al-Hakim in Baghdad, Zarif also said that relations between Iran and Iraq are not detrimental to any country’s interests, stressing that no other country is allowed to meddle with those bilateral relations.

Zarif added that the Iranian-Iraqi ties are solid and we do not allow anyone to interfere in the relations between Tehran and Baghdad.

During the press conference, Zarif pointed out that the two foreign minister had discussed 10 various issues, adding that the two sides had had very close viewpoints on them.

The Iranian top diplomat added that bilateral relations in various fields of trade, politics, people-to-people affairs, health tourism as well as regional developments and cooperation in international organizations were among the issues discussed in the meeting.

He also said that Iran supports the Iraqi government's efforts to normalize the Syrian government's relations with the Arab countries.

Stating that Iran and Iraq share a lot of historical background, Zarif stated that millions of Iranians and Iraqis visit each other’s countries every year, which shows that bilateral relations between Iran and Iraq are "very solid and are not detrimental to anyone's interests. So we do not allow anyone to meddle with our relations.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also held a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi on Sunday evening in Baghdad.

Mohammad Javad Zarif and Adil Abdul-Mahdi discussed the latest developments in bilateral relations and the areas of economic cooperation between the two countries, as well as regional and international developments.

In the meeting, the Iraqi prime minister referred to the cultural and historical similarities between the two countries and emphasized the expansion of relations between the two countries.

Zarif, for his part, expressed his satisfaction with the visit to Iraq and expressed his appreciation to the Iraqi government for the positive stance on the regional issues and towards the Islamic Republic of Iran. 

Heading a delegation, the Iranian top diplomat arrived in Baghdad on Sunday.

Zarif's visit comes few days after his visit to India with the aim of enhancing relations with regional countries.101/202


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