TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani praised the growing relations between Tehran and Baghdad in all political, military and economic areas and hailed the high level of security along the common borders.
“Today, we are witnessing very good security along the two countries’ common borders,” Rouhani said at a joint meeting of the Iranian and Iraqi high-ranking delegations in Tehran on Saturday, which was attended by Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi.
“The promotion of Iran-Iraq relations has always been in the interests of both nations and aimed at establishing peace, stability, and security in the region…,” he said.
Rouhani further emphasized that negotiations between the two countries reflect the willingness of their officials to develop and deepen bilateral relations.
He also expressed hope that with the efforts of the officials, agreements reached between Tehran and Baghdad in different fields would become operational as soon as possible.
The Iraqi premier, for his part, described a recent decision by the two countries on a free of charge visa regime as “positive” and expressed hope that with the removal of visa requirements, closer relations would develop between merchants, economic activists, and students of both countries.
Heading a high-ranking political, military and economic delegation, Abdul-Mahdi arrived in Tehran on Saturday for his first official visit to the Islamic Republic since he took office.
It comes less than a month after Rouhani paid a visit to Iraq with a big political and business delegation and signed several agreements with the neighboring nation.
It was Rouhani’s first official visit to Iraq during his tenure.