Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi has advised all political groups in neighboring Iraq to settle their differences through dialogue and interaction.
Raeisi made the remarks in a Monday phone call with Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, during which he stressed the necessity of safeguarding the unity of the Iraqi nation.
“All major political groups in Iraq should agree on a way out of the existing political problems through dialogue and interaction,” Iran’s president said.
Iraq has been in a political deadlock since last October’s general elections. Rival parties have failed to agree on the formation of a new government, leading to protests and occupation of parliament.
He also touched on the Iraqi government's efforts to improve the political situation in the region, underlining the necessity for the implementation of agreements made in this regard.
The Iraqi prime minister, for his part, emphasized Iran's role in region and international developments, saying that Baghdad would continue efforts to improve regional relations and cooperation.
Back in September, Raeisi said during a joint press conference with Kadhimi in Tehran that despite what enemies of the two nations intend, Iran and Iraq will expand their relations at all levels with every passing day.
“Despite what enemies want, relations between Iran and Iraq will expand every day... [because] development of bilateral relations can boost the role that Tehran and Baghdad play in regional and global relations, and will strengthen international relations as well,” Iran’s chief executive said.