Envoy Meets Iraq’s Incoming Premier

Envoy Meets Iraq’s Incoming PremierEnvoy Meets Iraq’s Incoming Premier

Iran's Ambassador in Baghdad Iraj Masjedi met Iraq’s Prime Minister-Designate Adel Abdul Mahdi to discuss stronger cooperation between the two neighbors.

In the Tuesday meeting in the Iraqi capital, Masjedi congratulated Abdul Mahdi on his new post, reaffirming Iran’s support for Iraq, Tasnim News Agency reported. 

The two officials explored ways to boost the economic and business cooperation between the two sides.

On Sept. 2, Iraq’s new parliament elected as president Kurdish politician Barham Salih, who immediately named Abdul Mahdi as prime minister, ending months of deadlock after a national election in May.

Abdul Mahdi is a Shia politician who served as vice president from 2005 to 2011.

In a separate meeting with Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani on the same day in Turkey, Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohamed Al-Halbousi expressed disapproval of US sanctions against Iran.

Voicing the Iraqi Parliament’s willingness to broaden mutual ties, Halbousi stressed the need to “protect the sovereignty of regional countries and oppose policies and sanctions dictated by outsiders”.

Larijani expressed Iran’s readiness to promote trade ties with Iraq.


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