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Tehran Recognizes Outcome of Iraqi Parliamentary Elections

Moqtada al-Sadr (R) meets with Hadi al-Amiri, leader of  the Al-Fatih bloc, on May 20. Moqtada al-Sadr (R) meets with Hadi al-Amiri, leader of  the Al-Fatih bloc, on May 20. 

Iran recognizes and respects the vote of the Iraqi people in parliamentary elections last week, which was won by Moqtada al-Sadr's political bloc, and is prepared to cooperate with the future government in the neighboring country. 
"We consider Iraq an independent sovereign state and respect the vote of the Iraqi people. Whoever takes the helm of the government in the country our relations will continue to grow," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi told a press briefing in Tehran on Monday, Tasnim News Agency reported. 
In the first election since the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group was degraded in the country, the Sairoon electoral list backed by Sadr, who has challenged both the United States and Iran, captured 54 parliamentary seats. The Al-Fatih bloc led by Hadi al-Amiri, who has maintained close ties with Iran for decades, was in second place, while Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, once seen as the front-runner, trailed in third.

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