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Iranian envoy meets senior Iraqi politicians after elections

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad Hassan Danayeefar held separate meetings with former Iraqi Vice-President Adel Abdul Mahdi and Head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq Ammar al-Hakim to discuss bilateral ties and the latest developments after the parliamentary elections in Iraq.

During his meeting with Abdul Mahdi on Sunday, Danayeefar discussed ways to further improve the relations between Tehran and Baghdad in the interest of the two nations.

They also conferred on the recent parliamentary elections in Iraq, and lauded the Iraqi people for showing strong presence at the polls, the Iraqi daily al-Idalat reported.

Danayeefar also yesterday held a meeting with Ammar Al-Hakim during which the two sides studied bilateral relations and the latest political developments in Iraq and the region.

Following the elections, the Iranian Foreign Ministry congratulated the Iraqi nation and government on their successful elections, and said it left a strong impact on regional developments.

“Today the world is witnessing independent Iraq’s move forward towards sustainable development, advancement, and security,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian said in a message to his counterparts in Baghdad.

Pointing to the participation of Iraqi people from all walks of life at the election polls in their county, he said that this showed full lack of popular support for terrorism in the future of Iraq.

Amir Abdollahian also said that the relations between Tehran and Baghdad are strategic and at the service of sustainable regional peace, stability and security.

The recent ballot was conducted under an intensive security dragnet, and it passed largely without incident, despite weeks of rising violence as the poll approached.

The election was hailed as a nation-building step more than two years after the last US forces left the country, lauding homegrown leaders as custodians of a new democracy.

The incumbent leader, Nouri al-Maliki, who is standing for a third term as prime minister, remains a frontrunner to eventually form a coalition government.

By Fars News Agency


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