TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Senior adviser to the Iranian parliament speaker for international affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian expressed his gratitude to neighboring Iraq for sending humanitarian assistance to flood victims in Iran.
Speaking at a meeting with Sa’d Jawad Qandil, Iraq’s new ambassador to Tehran, on Sunday evening, Amir Abdollahian thanked the Baghdad government for the Arab country’s “humanitarian measures” and assistance for the flood-stricken people in Iran.
He further hailed the bilateral relations between Iran and Iraq as “strategic” and said the two countries have played a major role in the fight against terrorism and restoration of regional peace and stability.
Tehran and Baghdad are taking steps towards the development, sustainable security and prosperity of the two nations, Amir Abdollahian added.
Qandil, for his part, hailed the relations between the two countries as significant, and called for further development of the ties in all social, political and economic spheres.
Amid unprecedented torrential rains in northern, western and southwestern Iran, the military forces have mobilized efforts to help people trapped in the flood-affected areas and evacuate residents in the regions with an emergency situation.
Record spring rainfall that has battered Iran in the past weeks caused serious flooding in many areas, mainly the provinces of Golestan, Lorestan, Khuzestan, Fars and Ilam, forcing thousands to leave their homes.
While residents in some western areas are still in need of relief aid, the Army Ground Force, the IRGC, and Basij have deployed forces, heavy military machinery, aircraft and boats to the disaster zones.