Iran calls for closer economic ties with Iraq
During a meeting with former Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi in Tehran on Sunday, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian reiterated Iran’s support for the Iraqi government and nation.
Iran will always stand by the Iraqi nation and government, Amirabdollahian said, expressing satisfaction with the current level of bilateral relations in political, economic and security spheres.
He, however, stressed the need to redouble efforts to expand ties to a level commensurate with available resources, especially in the economic sector, Press TV reported.
The Iranian foreign minister also hailed the attempts by Abdul-Mahdi and other Iraqi leaders to preserve the country’s national unity, which resulted in the election of a new president.
During the meeting, the two sides also discussed recent developments regarding the talks on lifting anti-Tehran sanctions and reviving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The former Iraqi official and the Iranian minister also exchanged views on reconciliation talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia mediated by Baghdad.
Iraq has hosted several rounds of talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran at the level of intelligence and security officials since last April.