To discuss bilateral ties and Iraq’s role in regional stability, the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif along with his delegation visited Iraq on July 19. In the visit, they met Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi and discussed bilateral relations and issues of common interests.
Iraqi PM Al-Kadhimi highlighted Iraq’s desire to play “a balanced and positive role, in establishing peace and progress in the region,” while Iranian FM Zarif expressed Iran’s hope for “a new and positive stage of relations with Iraq.”
The official statement from the Iraqi PMO said that Zarif also met with Iraqi President, Barham Salih, where Salih confirmed Iraq’s keenness to contribute to stability and become “a centre for the common interests of regional countries”.
Zarif also met with Iraqi Parliament Speaker, Mohammed al-Halbousi during this one-day official visit to Baghdad.
Iraqi Finance Minister, Fuad Hussein, held a joint press conference with Zarif in the Foreign Ministry building. He said, “We discussed bilateral relations and trade exchange, which has recently decreased due to health measures and the closure of border crossings, we emphasised seeking ways to continue commercial relations, as well as, religious visits, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Zarif will leave for Erbil, capital of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan, in northern Iraq, to meet with Kurdish leaders.