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Iran Has Always Supported Iraq Territorial Integrity: First VP

2021-01-12 09:53:08
Iran says it has always supported Iraq’s territorial integrity as well as the political trend in the Arab country.

Iranian First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri added Tehran and Baghdad are instrumental in maintaining peace and security in the region.

“Cooperation among all Islamic countries, especially between Iran and Iraq, plays a significant role in establishing peace and security in the region,” said Jahangiri in a meeting with visiting Iraqi Minister of Trade Alaa Ahmed al-Jubouri.

The top Iranian official touched upon political and security cooperation between the two sides at all levels, adding, “The fight against the ISIS [terrorist group] was a clear example of cooperation between the two countries to establish peace in the region,” he noted.

The vice president then recalled the US assassination of top Iranian commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and senior Iraqi military commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

“This US crime will not be forgotten, and we are confident that the Iraqi parliament’s legislation obliging the US military to leave Iraq will contribute to regional stability and security,” he said.

Jahangiri said meetings and talks between the two countries’ officials are instrumental in the promotion of bilateral trade ties.

“We should try to enhance economic relations in tandem with political and cultural cooperation between the two countries and nations,” he said.

“Both Iran and Iraq have important plans for development, and they should seek to work together to move forward with these program, especially at a time with the coronavirus has disrupted bilateral ties to some extent,” he said.

Jahangiri said he was happy to see the fourth round of meetings of the Iran-Iraq Joint [Economic] Commission has kicked off, expressing hope mutual agreements on the payment of debts and using Iran’s assets in Iraq will be finalized as soon as possible.

“The Shalamcheh railway plan and the issue of dredging the Arvand river have been among the key issues of mutual interest during various talks, and the implementation of those plans can help boost ties between the two countries and meet the needs of people of both countries,” said the Iranian vice president.

Jahangiri further touched upon the issue of visa issuance having become free of charge for people of both countries, and added this trend should continue.

“The joint economic commission can offer privileges to businessman such as offering long-term visas,” he said.

He noted the two sides should work toward upgrading mutual trade up to $20 billion in the future as discussed during Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to Baghdad.

The Iraqi minister, in turn, underlined the importance of the high-ranking Iraqi delegation’s trip to Tehran.

He said the trip aims to revive the two countries’ joint economic commission to delineate certain frameworks for activities in all economic areas.

Al-Jubouri highlighted the importance of his trip to Tehran, and said delegates from the Iraqi private sector are also present in this trip to help take giant steps toward the enhancement of mutual relations.

He said he will talk to the Iraqi president and prime minister about the topics discussed during his trip to Tehran to set the stage for the implementation of the agreements reached during President Rouhani’s trip to Iraq.

He also stressed the importance of boosting Tehran-Baghdad economic relations.