TEHRAN (Press Shia) – The speaker of Iraq’s parliament, Mohammed Al-Halbousi, condemned the sanctions imposed on Iran, also saying the stability of Iraq and Iran is integrated.

In a meeting with Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in Turkey on Tuesday, Halbousi said his country is opposed to foreign sanctions against Iran and condemns them.

Voicing the Iraqi parliament’s willingness to broaden ties with Iran, Halbousi stressed the need to protect the sovereignty of regional countries and oppose policies and sanctions dictated by outsiders.

The stability of Iran and other neighbors would directly impact Iraq’s stability, he added.

Pledging Iraq’s support for the Iranian government and nation, Halbousi said closer economic relations would serve the mutual interests and reduce the pressure of sanctions on Iran.

The Iraqi speaker also praised Iran for supporting his country in the fight against terrorism and defeat of the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group.

For his part, Larijani said hostile attempts to ruin ties between Iran and Iraq are doomed to failure, since post-Saddam Iraq has always been a supporter of the Islamic Republic.

He also expressed Iran’s readiness to promote economic, industrial, and agricultural cooperation with Iraq.

Accompanied by a delegation of Iranian lawmakers, Larijani took part in the 3rd Meeting of Speakers of Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments in Antalya.

The conference was attended by 20 parliament speakers and parliamentary delegations from 17 Asian and European nations.

The Iranian speaker returned to Tehran on Tuesday night.