TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a meeting with the visiting head of the Iraqi National Alliance Ammar al-Hakim underlined the importance of preserving unity in the Arab country after recent military achievements in Mosul.

During the meeting held in Tehran on Tuesday, President Rouhani said the prudence of the Iraqi officials and enhanced unity among the country’s ethnic groups “would double the Iraqi nation’s joy following Mosul’s liberation.”

He expressed hope that victories achieved in Mosul and the defeat of terrorists in the city would further strengthen security, stability and unity across Iraq.

Stressing that all Iraqis must avoid divisive issues and reinforce unity, the Iranian president noted, “Any move undermining Iraq’s unity and integrity will not be beneficial to anybody and is unacceptable.”

As regards Iran-Iraq ties, Rouhani said the stability and security in the Arab country will be beneficial to relations between the Iranian and Iraqi nations.

The Islamic Republic always seeks strong relations with all neighbors, particularly Iraq, he reiterated.

Also at the meeting, Hakim praised Iran’s support for the Iraqi government and nation in the fight against Daesh terrorists, and underscored the importance of further development of relations between Tehran and Baghdad.