President of the Republic confirms Iraq’s keenness to strengthen its relations with Iran

President Barham Salih received Mr. Mohammad Jawad Zarif the Iranian Foreign Minister and his accompanying delegation at the Presidential Office, Baghdad, on Monday January 14, 2019.

During the meeting, His Excellency emphasized Iraq’s keenness to strengthen bilateral relations with neighboring Iran, and this is required not only to serve the two peoples, but also for the security and stability of the whole region, indicating that Iraq and Iran constitute a great weight and an important influence in the Arab and regional arenas.

The President added that the countries of the region today ahead a great responsibility represented in overcoming the crises and pursuing a political solution to settle the problems in these countries.

His Excellency stressed that the difficult and sensitive conditions witnessed by the region necessitate coordinating efforts and working towards finding a common and constructive dialogue with all parties to consolidate the pillars of regional stability.

During the meeting, they discussed enhancement of bilateral relations between the two counties and means of developing them to serve the interests of the two friendly peoples. They also exchanged views on Arab and international events and issues.

For his part, the Iranian foreign minister expressed his country’s desire to expand the horizons of cooperation and joint coordination, reiterating his country’s supportive stance for the Iraqi government and its people at various levels.