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Foreign Ministry spokesman reaffirms Iran's support for strong, independent Iraq as he sits down with Baghdad officials

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh (L) meets with Sheikh Humam Hamoudi, leader of Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI) in Baghdad on June 9, 2021.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman has reaffirmed Iran’s support for a strong, free, developed, united and independent Iraq during his visit to the Arab country.

Saeed Khatibzadeh, who is in Iraq on an official visit, discussed ways to expand all-out relations between Tehran and Baghdad in his meetings with Iraqi National Security Council (INSC) Advisor Qasim al-Araji, former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and Sheikh Humam Hamoudi, leader of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI), which is a Shia political party, on Wednesday.

He also sat down with a number of Sunni clerics, visited al-Tamayoz Strategic Institute and al-Nahrain Research Institute, and spoke with Iraqi scholars and thinkers about the latest regional developments and Iran-Iraq relations, and answered questions from the audience.  

Iran’s full support for the Iraqi government and the will of the Iraq people as well as backing parliamentary elections in the Arab country were among issues discussed in Khatibzadeh’s meetings on his first day of visit to Baghdad.  

Back in April, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Iraq, where he held “excellent” talks with top Iraqi officials and senior Shia and Sunni leaders.

The top Iranian diplomat stressed that the Islamic Republic gives priority to its neighbors in its foreign policy in his talks and meetings with President Barham Salih, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi and Foreign Minister Fuad al-Hussein.

Zarif also conferred with the top Iraqi security official and Head of the Hikma National Movement Ammar al-Hakim on a range of issues.

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