Renewed Backing for Iraqi, Regional Stability

Renewed Backing for Iraqi, Regional Stability
Renewed Backing for Iraqi, Regional Stability

Ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi reiterated Iran’s policy to strengthen ties with Baghdad and help promote stability in the Arab country.

In a meeting with UN Special Envoy to Iraq Yan Kubish in the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad, the two sides expressed the hope that Iraq’s new government and parliament would be formed as soon as possible and the Iraqi people’s demands for public services, reforms, and the fight against corruption would be met, Tasnim News Agency reported.

“Iran stresses the need to boost stability and security in Iraq and the region, and to that end it will not hesitate to help,” Masjedi said.

He pointed to the US government’s unilateral sanctions and its withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and said such measures by Washington are detrimental to regional countries, including Iran and Iraq.

 Kubish, for his part, briefed the Iranian diplomat on the issues raised about Iraq in a recent UN Security Council meeting.

 Iraq is reeling from attacks and instability unleashed by the so-called Islamic State (Daesh) terrorist group, which has taken a heavy toll on infrastructure and economy.

Iraqi armed forces, backed by Iranian military advisers liberated the country from Daesh terrorists in December. 

Politicians in Baghdad are struggling to form a new government after the May 12 election, which was marred by allegations of fraud, prompting a recount.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who is seeking a second term, is heading a fragile caretaker government, in place until a new administration is formed.

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