Iraqi FM in Iran for 2nd official visit in a month
Iraq’s Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein has arrived in Tehran for a second official visit to the Islamic Republic in a month.
According to Press TV, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Saturday that Hussein will meet with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, and other political and security officials.
In early February, the top Iraqi diplomat visited Iran and held talks with Zarif as well as President Hassan Rouhani, Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf and Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani.
During the visit, Hussein expressed Baghdad’s interest in expanding its ties with Tehran in all areas.
Iraq’s FM said the Iraqi nation and government are always grateful towards Iran for its contribution to the West Asian country’s anti-terror struggle, especially against Daesh, “and would never forget this.”
Hussein’s visit comes two weeks after Iran’s Judiciary Chief Hojjat al-Islam Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi visited Iraq and held important meetings with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, President Barham Salih, Parliament speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi and head of Iraq's Supreme Judicial Council Fayeq Zeidan.
The key aim of Raeisi's visit was to follow up the dossier on the US assassination of Iran's legendary commander General Qassem Soleimani and his Iraqi trenchmate Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in a terrorist drone strike in Baghdad on January 3, 2020.