Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Ali Bagheri Kani has said consolidating relations with regional countries is one of the key priorities of the Islamic Republic's foreign policy.
Bagheri Kani made the remark in a meeting with Hadi al-Ameri, the head of the Fatah (Conquest) Alliance in the Iraqi parliament, in the capital Baghdad on Wednesday, underlining the importance of Iran-Iraq relations and its role in the stability of the region.
Reassuring neighboring countries of the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program, Bagheri Kani said, “One of the priorities of Iran's foreign policy is to strengthen relations with the countries of the region."
The Iranian diplomat voiced his country's support for its neighbor, saying , “The Islamic Republic has been and is a supporter of Iraq, and will stand by all its allies and friends.”
Ameri, for his part, praised the Iranian nation’s steadfastness as one of the key factors in the Islamic Republic’s success in foiling all foreign conspiracies.
The Iraqi official also pointed to “Iran’s supportive role in combating terrorism in the region and Iraq, especially the role of General Qassem Soleimani,” the slain commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
Stressing that the bilateral relations between Iran and Iraq are strong, Ameri said, “We will try to deepen these relations through diplomatic channels.”
At the head of a delegation, Bagheri Kani arrived in Baghdad on Monday to attend a meeting of the Joint Political Committee of Iran and Iraq as well as confer with high-ranking political officials of the neighboring country on matters of mutual interest.
Bagheri Kani has held meetings with Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid, Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani and Iraq's National Security Advisor Qassim al-Araji as well as other senior Iraqi officials.
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