Iraq favors boosting ties with Iran: PM

IRNA – Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi said on Sunday that his country is seeking to promote relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

In a meeting with visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif late Sunday, he added that Iraq’s policy is based on establishing best ties with the neighbors, including Iran.

Expressing pleasure over President Barham Salih’s recent talks with Iranian officials in Tehran, the premier hoped that the reciprocal visits would help further development of bilateral relations.

Zarif, for his part, reaffirmed Iran’s continued support for Iraqi government in line with reinforcing democracy in the country.

He also voiced Iran’s readiness for strengthening ties with Iran in different arenas such as politics, economy and culture.

Zarif, heading a politico-economic delegation, is currently in Baghdad for talks with the neighboring state’s officials.