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Iraqi FM visits Tehran to talk bilateral ties, regional issues with top Iranian officials

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Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein (Photo by the Iraqi Foreign Ministry website)

Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein has arrived in Tehran to hold wide-ranging talks on the expansion of bilateral ties, besides regional and international issues, with senior Iranian officials.

The top Iraqi diplomat landed in the Iranian capital on Tuesday, and is scheduled to meet and hold talks with his outgoing Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, later in the day.

Hussein is widely speculated to deliver a formal invitation to new Iranian authorities to attend a key summit for regional leaders that Baghdad plans to hold by the end of the current month.

According to a report published by IRNA on Tuesday, Iraq intends to bring Iran and Saudi Arabia closer by preparing grounds for bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the upcoming regional summit in Baghdad.

The leaders of Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and several other Middle Eastern countries will get together for the summit. 

“Baghdad seeks to end the severance of ties between Tehran and Riyadh following closed-door bilateral meetings,” it said citing a report by Lebanon-based and Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibazadeh previously welcomed holding future negotiations with Riyadh.

The office of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi confirmed the summit on Monday evening, to be held in coordination with France.

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan held talks with his Iraqi counterpart in Riyadh.

They reviewed aspects of Saudi-Iraqi relations and ways to support and enhance them.

Hussein handed Prince Faisal an invitation from Kadhimi for Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz to attend the summit in Iraq.

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