Iran FM Zarif hails Baghdad tour achievements

IRNA – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message welcomed his current visit to Baghdad, and said Iran-Iraq steadfast bonds will benefit both countries.

‘In Iraq ahead of President Rouhani’s 3-day State visit, featuring: -Meetings with political/religious/business/civil society leaders in Baghdad/Karbala/Najaf -Multiple agreements on further regional, political & economic cooperation,’ Zarif tweeted on Sunday.

‘Our unshakable bonds benefit Iran, Iraq & region,’ he added.

Zarif arrived in Baghdad late on Saturday at the head of a high-ranking delegation.

Zarif is in Baghdad to prepare arrangements for President Hassan Rouhani’s upcoming official visit to the neighboring state. He was welcomed by the Iraqi Foreign Ministry’s officials.

Rouhani is to travel to Iraq at the official invitation of that country’s president and prime minister on Monday at the head of a high-ranking delegation.

During his three-day visit to Iraq, President Rouhani is to confer with the senior Iraqi cleric, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Sistani.

Exploring avenues for promoting bilateral relations in the political, economic and cultural fields are among the main objectives of the Iranian president’s official visit to Iraq.