Regional Collaboration Key to Promoting Stability

Regional Collaboration Key to Promoting StabilityRegional Collaboration Key to Promoting Stability

The Iraqi president said cooperation among Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Persian Gulf Arab states, especially Saudi Arabia, is the key to ensuring peace and stability in the Middle East.  

Fuad Masum made the statement on Monday in a meeting with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who was on an official visit to Iraq, IRNA reported.  

The two officials exchanged views on bilateral ties and regional issues.  

Congratulating Iran on the conclusion of the nuclear deal, the Iraqi official said the accord can help promote peace and stability in the region. "It (the deal) will benefit not only Iran but all the countries in the region."

Masum said the accord has changed the situation in the region and hoped for enhanced collaboration to root out terrorism, now that the "fake fears" over Iran's nuclear program have disappeared.

The top Iranian diplomat said the nuclear deal was the result of a "change" in the approach of the Islamic Republic, which could also be applied to address regional problems.   

Zarif said in his two-day tour to Kuwait, Qatar and Iraq ending on Monday he conveyed the message that Iran and regional states can hold talks to clarify misunderstandings.

He also met with Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who said the nuclear deal was "a success for the whole region," adding that the accord proved that allegations against the Islamic Republic were baseless.

Zarif thanked the Iraqi government and people for their positive stance on bilateral and regional issues and assured regional allies that the accord would be in the interest of all.

The minister also called on neighboring countries to focus their attention on curbing common challenges, including the threat posed by the so-called Islamic State militant group.