Speaker’s Visit Helped Foster Cohesion in Iraq

Speaker’s Visit Helped Foster Cohesion in Iraq
Speaker’s Visit Helped Foster Cohesion in Iraq

The spokesman for the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee on Sunday elaborated on the achievements of the regional tour of Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani to Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.

Hossein Naqavi Hosseini said during the visit to Iraq Larijani officially expressed Iran’s full support for the Iraqi government in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, adding that he played an effective part in bringing closer the positions of Iraqi political groups on the anti-terror battle, ISNA reported.  

He also said, “The tour was done as part of the parliamentary diplomacy and in view of the effective role of parliaments in dealing with challenges facing countries.”  

“Of course, the Majlis has proved to be effective in coordination and improvement of relations between Iran and other countries,” he added.

Referring to the speaker’s trip to Syria, he said, “In Syria, good meetings were held which were mainly aimed at giving support to the legitimate Syrian government in the battle against terrorist groups.”

On Larijani’s stay in Lebanon, the lawmaker said high-level talks were held with Lebanese officials, in which the speaker stressed the need for solidarity among all Lebanese political groups in the campaign against the Zionist regime and the possible threats of the IS.

Naqavi Hosseini underlined the “transparent” policy of Iran to help the Iraqi forces deal with terrorists and said, “During the visit, Larijani explicitly declared that the Islamic Republic spares no effort to support the Iraqi government in the fight against IS terrorists.”

He went on to say that Iran believes that a real battle against the IS is possible only if the forces within the countries affected by the threat of the terrorism maintain unity.

He pointed out that the parliament speaker also held meetings with Iraqi officials to pave the way for improving mutual ties and increasing economic and cultural cooperation between the two states.