The new speaker of Iraqi parliament Mohammed Rikan Hadeed al-Halbousi appreciates Iran role in his country in a telephone conversation with the speaker of Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani.

Iran Press/Irannews: The new speaker of Iraqi parliament Mohammed Rikan Hadeed al-Halbousi in a telephone conversation with  the speaker of Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani appreciated the role Iran played in liberating the Iraqi territories.

The new speaker of Iraqi parliament further described the US economic sanctions against Iran as ‘unjust’, vowing to stay with Iranian nation.

Referring to the existing instability and insecurity in the region, he declared Iraqi government’s readiness to help Iran bring back security and stability to the region.

The new speaker of Iraqi parliament further invited his Iranian counterpart to pay an official visit to his country.

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The Iranian Parliament speaker, for his part, hoped that when the new Iraqi government is formed, people will witness further improvement in the political, economic and social conditions and Iraq will move towards more stability, security and well-being.

He also attached great importance to the role that Mohammed al-Halbousi can play in the well-being and successes of Iraqi people and government.

Larijani also congratulated Mohammed al-Halbousi for his new post as the Speaker of the Council of Representatives of Iraq.

Based on a political agreement adopted since the ouster of late dictator and tyrant, Saddam Hussein, Kurds assume Iraq’s presidency, Sunnis are entitled to parliament speaker, and Shias hold the prime minister’s office.

Iraq's parliamentary elections, the first since the defeat of Daesh / ISIS, were held last May amid judicial challenges that prompted a recount of votes.

Halbusi is the leader of a minor list that is allied with the Islah and Emaar (Reform and Reconstruction), which comprises Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s and Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s lists.

Observers believe that assembling a government is a difficult task which may take many more weeks, and involves political bargaining between various political blocs.

Analysts say the next prime minster will face huge challenges, such as rebuilding a country shattered by years of  war against foreign-backed Daesh terrorists , as well as years of occupation by US military forces.

Western-created and Western-trained Daesh terrorists unleashed a campaign of death and destruction in Iraq in 2014, overrunning vast swathes in lightning attacks. Iraqi army soldiers and allied fighters then launched operations to eliminate the terrorist group, and reclaim lost territory.

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