Zarif urges Tehran-Baghdad more active diplomacy

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on Wednesday for enhanced interaction with neighboring Iraq, as the Arab country’s new foreign minister took office.
In a congratulatory message to Ibrahim al-Jafari on his post as Iraq’s new foreign minister, Zarif hailed him as a well-experienced politician with a good knowledge of the regional and international issues.

Zarif also expressed the confidence that Tehran-Baghdad ties would flourish during Jafari’s tenure.

Pointing to Iran and Iraq’s “common understanding of the sensitivity of the existing regional and international circumstances”, Zarif emphasized the need for increased cooperation between the two Muslim neighbors.

On Monday, the Iraqi parliament approved the new cabinet proposed by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

Abadi, a Shiite, included members of Iraq’s Shiite majority and its Kurdish and Sunni minorities in his cabinet as he started his uphill task to unify the country after this summer’s loss of territory across northern Iraq to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group.

Foreign Ministry is now headed by Ibrahim al-Jafari, a Shiite who was himself interim prime minister from 2005 to 2006.

By Tasnim News Agency


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