Rouhani congratulates Iraqi premier on new cabinet

Iran President Hassan Rouhani has offered felicitations to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on the formation of his new administration amid efforts to end the political deadlock in Iraq.

In a congratulatory message sent to the Iraqi premier on Tuesday, Rouhani expressed hope that peace and stability would be restored to Iraq and the entire Middle East during Abadi’s tenure.

The Iranian president also pointed to “historical” and “longstanding” relations between neighboring Iranian and Iraqi states, saying Tehran hopes for further enhancement of its ties with Baghdad in all spheres in line with the interests of both nations.

On Monday, the Iraqi parliament officially named Abadi as the country’s new prime minister and approved most of his proposed cabinet ministers.

Abadi has requested an additional week to find appropriate nominees for posts such as interior and defense minister, since his first nominees were rejected by parliament.

The formation of a new government is seen as a major step in resolving the political impasse in Iraq as the country is battling a fresh wave of terrorism fueled by ISIL Takfiri terrorists over the past months.

Foreign-backed ISIL militants, which are controlling large swathes of land in northern and western Iraq, have terrorized all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and Izadi Kurds, in their advances in the country.

By Press TV


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