Veep officially welcomes Iraqi PM in Tehran

IRNA – First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri officially welcomed Iraqi Prime Minister Heidar al-Abadi at Saadabad Cultural and Historical Complex in Tehran on Thursday.

Al-Abadi, heading a high-ranking delegation arrived in Tehran late Wednesday.

Upon his arrival at Mehrabad airport, Al-Abadi was warmly welcomed by Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Mohammad Shariatmadari.

On Wednesday, the Office of al-Abadi announced in a statement that the Iraqi PM headed for visits to Turkey and Iran, completing a regional tour that included Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt.

The visit is aimed at reinforcing Iraq’s cooperation with the regional countries, the statement reads.

Several top Iraqi ministers and officials would accompany al-Abadi during his regional tour.

According to Iraqi News, al-Abadi announced during his weekly ministerial meeting that the visits to Turkey and Iran would “convey Iraq’s vision of the region’s future”.