Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has called for closer economic cooperation between the Islamic Republic and Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Salehi made the remarks during a meeting with KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Idris Barzani in Tehran on Sunday. The Iranian foreign minister reiterated that more meetings should be held to adopt guidelines on boosting economic and commercial ties, adding, “The Islamic Republic of Iran has offered its written proposal,” in this regard.
On Iran’s diplomacy about Syria, Salehi said that the Islamic Republic is in favor of negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition groups to create stability in the Middle Eastern country.Barzani also stated that Iran’s security is of major importance for the KRG, adding that “we will not allow Iran’s security to be threatened.” Barzani arrived in the Iranian capital on Saturday evening and was received by Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Iraqi Ambassador Mohammed Majeed al-Sheikh, and Nazem Dabbaq, the representative of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Tehran. KRG Natural Resources Minister Ashti Hawrami, KRG Board of Investment Chairman Herish Muharam, and KRG Department of Foreign Relations Director Falah Mustafa Bakir are accompanying Barzani on the trip. Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) political bureau chief Fazil Mirani and two senior KDP members are also in Barzani’s delegation. NT/AS