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Zarif : No one allowed to interfere in Tehran-Baghdad ties

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SHAFAQNAThe Iranian foreign minister said Tehran and Baghdad enjoy solid relations, stressing that no other country is allowed to meddle with those bilateral relations.

“The Iranian-Iraqi ties are solid and we do not allow anyone to interfere in the relations between Tehran and Baghdad,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif after a meeting with his Iraqi counterpart Muhammad Ali al-Hakim in Baghdad on Sunday evening during a joint press conference.

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.

The Iranian foreign minister added that it was decided to form a joint committee as soon as possible to deal with the issue of Arvand Rud, or as it is called in Iraq the Shatt al-Arab, and to introduce the members of the committee in order to start their work.

Zarif added that they had also discussed regional issues such as the situation in Syria, saying that the two sides had talked of the necessity of returning the sovereignty over the whole country to Syria and support the Syrian government in the fight against terrorism.

He added that Iran supports the Iraqi government’s efforts to normalize the Syrian government’s relations with the Arab countries.

“We also support the peace process in Yemen and solutions to stop the bloodshed there,” the Iranian foreign minister added.

Zarif further noted the Islamic Republic of Iran considers Israel’s policies and the support for that regime to be a major threat to the region. He emphasized that everyone should support the Palestinian cause and the people of Palestine.

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.”

In a post on his official Twitter account, Zarif expressed delight at the visit by the Iraqi president and his accompanying delegation, saying Iran and Iraq were committed to win-win cooperation

“Constructive exchanges on next steps to work together towards regional peace & security,” Zarif said.

Heading a delegation, the Iranian top diplomat arrived in Baghdad Sunday afternoon on a 5-day visit to hold meetings with high-ranking Iraqi as well as Kurdish officials in Erbil and attend three trade meetings between the economic activists from the two countries’ private sectors in the Iraqi cities of Baghdad, Karbala and Sulaymaniyah. He is also scheduled to visit the holy sites in Karbala and Najaf on the 5-day visit.

Zarif holds talks with Iraqi PM

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif sat down for talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi late on Sunday.

During the meeting, the two officials discussed bilateral relations as well as areas of cooperation and regional developments.

Iraqi Prime Minister hailed cultural and historical commonalities between the two countries and stressed the need for boosting mutual ties.

Zarif, for his part, expressed pleasure over his trip to Iraq and appreciated Iraqi government’s positive stance vis-à-vis regional developments and Islamic Republic of Iran, IRNA reported.

Iran, Iraq foiled US moves to sabotage mutual ties

Upon his arrival in Baghdad airport, Zarif told reporters that enhancing bilateral relation between Iran and Iraq is on the agenda of his trip along with his accompanying politico-economic delegation, Mehr News Agency reported.

He praised the supportive stances of Iraqi politicians towards relations with Iran in the face of US sanctions, expressing hope that with the help of Iraqi officials, those positive stances would become operational as a result of this visit, Press TV told.

The Iranian foreign minister said that the US has failed in its 40-year long policy of sanctioning Iran, adding that the countries that relay on the US support, are betting on a losing racehorse.

Zarif called the US a “losing horse” and recommended countries not to lay bet on a losing horse.

Back in November, Iraqi President Barham Salih paid a two-day visit to Tehran at the head of a delegation at a sensitive time when the US was pressuring regional countries to go along with Washington in “squeezing” Iran under the sanctions re-imposed on the Islamic Republic.


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