Tehran (IP) - On his visit to Iran, the Iraqi Prime Minister met with Parliament Speaker of Iran Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf.

Iran Press/Iran News: During the meeting with the Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazemi on Wednesday in Tehran, Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf stressed the need to develop and expand economic and trade relations with Iraq, saying that the Iranian nation expects the assassination case of Iranian top commander Lieutenant-General Qasem Soleimani to be pursued vigorously.

Qalibaf added that the two nations of Iran and Iraq have entered an important stage in the history of their relations.

"Political, economic, and cultural relations between the two countries are deepening at the highest level, and the trade and tourism statistics of the two countries are improving," he said, adding the two countries are determined to maximize relations and ties in different areas.

Iran's Parliament Speaker went on to say that the development of trade and economic relations and exchanges with Iraq as a strategic partner as well as with other neighbors is the first priority of the Parliament.

Qalibaf added: "The Islamic Republic of Iran considered it its duty to help its brothers during the attack of the ISIS terrorist group, hence with the help of God and the strives of the warriors, the Takfiri terrorist group was defeated by the strives of the Iraqi Armed Forces and the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU)."

"The criminal assassination of the late commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Lt. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the international hero of the fight against terrorism, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, as well as their companions which was carried out on the direct orders of US President Donald Trump, is a disgrace that will never be erased from the face of White House administration," the Speaker of Iranian Parliament noted.

The official stated: "The United States has violated Iraqi territory and has rudely assassinated those who risked their lives to crush the bones of terrorism, so the case of the US assassination must be pursued with vigor."

Qalibaf added: "We believe that the region will not be stable until the exit of foreign forces from the region. We also believe that a strong and prosperous Iraq can be an important model in bilateral and regional relations."

Referring to the commonalities between the countries of the region, the Speaker of Iranian Parliament said: "Considering the commonalities, religious and moral teachings, especially with the difficult condition of the coronavirus pandemic, regional ambiguities, and differences should be put aside and the role of Iran and Iraq in this path is important."

The Iraqi Prime Minister arrived in Tehran yesterday (Tuesday) at the head of a high-level political-economic delegation to meet with the officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Al-Kazemi met yesterday with the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani, and the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani.


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