Aug 05, 2021 12:40 UTC
  • Iran wants a powerful Iraq, President Raeisi tells his Iraqi counterpart

President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi says the Islamic Republic wants a powerful and strong Iraq and is determined to further improve relations with Baghdad.

According to Press TV, in a meeting with Iraqi President Barham Salih, who is in Tehran to attend Raeisi’s swearing-in ceremony, the new Iranian president added that every step leading to Iraq’s strength and preventing foreign interference would contribute to the Arab country’s progress.

“In line with maintaining Iraq’s territorial integrity, security and stability, Iran has not hesitated to donate the blood of its dearest sons, such as Martyr Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani,” Raeisi said.

For his part, Salih said the deep and cordial relations between the two nations were not harmed even under a long war imposed by former dictator Saddam Hussein and noted that the two countries still enjoy numerous capacities for the expansion of ties despite great progress made in this regard.

The Iraqi president stressed the need to redefine security arrangements in the region and said steering the regional developments towards the establishment of stability and inclusive security would be impossible without the presence of Iran and a powerful and independent Iraq.

He commended Iran’s efforts to preserve Iraq’s territorial integrity in the fight against terrorism, saying the fact that Iran has been a friend of Iraq in hard times will go down the annals of diplomatic relations between the two countries and shape the future of those ties.