Tehran (IP) - Iran's President, in a conversation with his Iraqi counterpart, stressed developing bilateral ties while urging the need for effective cooperation and efforts by countries and the Islamic nation to stop the crimes and killings of the Zionist regime in Gaza and Palestine.

Iran's President, Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, in a phone call with Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid on Tuesday, while congratulating Eid al-Fitr to the government and nation of Iraq, stressed strengthening and deepening the relations between the two nations based on the vast cultural and civilizational commonalities. 

Raisi expressed hope that in the coming year, the level of relations between the two countries will be improved further and the two nations will benefit from its benefits more than before.

In another part of his speech, Raisi stated that the most important common issue between Iran and Iraq, the Islamic world and all the free people of the world, is the deep sorrow caused by the unprecedented crimes and atrocities of the Zionist regime against the Palestinians in Gaza. Iran's President urged all Muslims and free people of the world to help stop the killing and genocide of this oppressed, resistant, and powerful nation by using all capacities.

Referring to the passage of about 6 months since the joint meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Arab League regarding the events in Gaza, Raisi rebuked the international bodies, especially the United Nations, for their failure to rein in the Israeli genocidal campaign since Oct. 7, which has so far left over 33,200 Palestinian killed, the vast majority of them women and children.

The Iraqi president congratulated his Iranian counterpart on Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Abdul Latif Rashid stated: "The Iraqi government also believes that the two countries should try to strengthen the friendly relations between the two countries regardless of the conspiracy of ill-wishers."

The President of Iraq also regretted the continuation of the crimes of the Zionist regime against the oppressed Palestinians of Gaza, as well as the failure of measures to stop these crimes through international organizations such as the United Nations Security Council, adding: "Some countries are not looking for a definite solution to this problem, but to make it more complicated, so Islamic countries must look for an action plan to solve the problem of Palestine and help this nation to achieve its principal rights."