IRNA – President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that Mosul liberation should reinforce Iraq’s integrity, adding that Iran supports Iraqi stability and unity.
Rouhani told Ammar Hakim, the head of the National Iraqi Alliance (NIA), “In light of prudence of Iraqi officials and strengthening and integrity of all ethnic groups, happiness of the Iraqi nation over Mosul liberation should be preserved and doubled.”
“With victories in Mosul and failure of terrorists, we hope that security, stability and unity in Iraq will be further strengthened; undoubtedly, such a stability and security will be in favor of relations between the two Iranian and Iraqi nations.”
Noting that promotion of Tehran-Baghdad relations is the wish of both Iranian and Iraqi nations and in line with mutual interests, President Rouhani said that the Islamic Republic of Iran has always been favoring solid relations with all neighbors, especially Iraq.
President Rouhani underlined setting aside discordant issues and reinforcing pillars of unity among all ethnic groups in Iraq instead.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran supports stable, integrated and united Iraq; any move undermining unity and integrity of Iraq will not be in favor of anybody, thus unacceptable.”
Hakim, for his part, thanked Iran for supporting Iraqi government and nation, especially in campaign against Daesh, and said liberation of Mosul has strengthened national unity in Iraq.
He referred to new conditions in his country after the liberation of Mosul and said, “The post-Mosul liberation Iraq under new atmosphere has been facing new expectations and challenges; overcoming such challenges needs careful planning through contribution of all political ethnic groups and parties.”
Hakim stressed further expansion of Tehran-Baghdad ties.