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Iraqi President Barham Salih stressed on Sunday the importance of Iranian President Hassan Rowhani’s visit to Baghdad on Monday, expressing his hope that the visit would be an important step to deepen relations between the two countries.
“A spiritual visit to Baghdad is very important, and it is conducted in a very important atmosphere,” Saleh said during a meeting with a number of Iranian journalists and media officials at the Peace Palace in central Baghdad.
“First of all, this trip is a deepening of the relations between the two countries and peoples. I was in Tehran three months ago. I welcomed Rohani and the Leader of the Islamic Revolution and other officials. We had long and detailed discussions about the situation in Iraq, relations between the two countries and the situation in the region, .
“We hope that this visit will be an important platform for deepening relations between the two countries, including economic matters, emphasizing the relations between the two countries, security and political issues, and our approach to the region,” he said.
“We and Iran share a long common border of about 1,400 km. We have cultural, social, historical and religious ties. The two countries have many common interests, political interests come and go, but historical, social and cultural principles and our common interests require reflection on longer and deeper relationships, .
“We will talk about the long borders and other cultural and political participants, and we will also discuss economic relations and commonalities between the two countries and peoples,” Saleh said.
Iranian President Hassan Rowhani described the relations between Tehran and Baghdad as “ideal” during his meeting with the new Iraqi ambassador to Tehran Saad Abdul Wahab Kandil.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Baghdad on Saturday evening in preparation for Iranian President Hassan Rowhani’s visit to Iraq.
The Iranian presidency revealed earlier, details of the program and the visit of Iranian President Hassan Rowhani to Iraq.
“Rohani will hold bilateral talks with Iraqi President Barham Salih and Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi on bilateral relations and regional cooperation between Iran and Iraq,” the official IRNA news agency reported. “He said.
He added that “the delegations of the two countries, during the joint meetings, as well as separate bilateral meetings with their counterparts, will discuss the latest situation on the agreements and cooperation as well as new opportunities for the development and consolidation of relations between the two neighboring countries,” stressing that “the results of these meetings and discussions, At a joint press conference. ”
The official said in the Iranian presidency: “Other programs of the Iranian president during his visit to Iraq; meeting with the President and members of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, and participate in the trade forum with the participation of government and private sectors in Iran and Iraq, and meet with other senior Iraqi officials and a number of political and social elites in Iraq, As well as the meeting with Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and visit the holy sites. ”