Iranian, Iraqi nations fully united in culture, belief/ No power can separate this united community
President described the bonds between the Iranian and Iraqi nations very strong and said, "The fact that millions of Iranians travel to Iraq, especially Karbala and Najaf, in a year, indicates that the two nations are completely united in terms of culture and beliefs".
Addressing the Iraqi elite, nomads and religious leaders on Tuesday, President Hassan Rouhani said, "No power can separate this united community".
"We consider this land as the land of jihad, martyrdom, selfsacrifice and devotion," he said, expressing happiness over visiting Karbala and making pilgrimage.
He continued, "The people of Ira, especially Karbala, warmly welcome Iranian pilgrims during Arba'een and I would like to thank them on behalf of the Iranian nation".
The President added, "We are very happy that there is more unity, brotherhood and solidarity between the Iranian and Iraqi nations".
"The first people that came to help Iraq in their fight against ISIS and AlQaeda, were the people of Iran," he said, adding, "After the occupation of Mosul by ISIS terrorists, we announced in a public speech that we would not tolerate threats against holy cities of Iraq, including Karbala".
He went on to congratulate the Iraqi nation, nomads and marjas for foiling the plots of the enemies against the region and Iraq, adding, "In this stage, the two governments agreed to issue visas free of charge".
"The two governments also decided to deepen economic relations and create border markets for investment by Iranian and Iraqi tradespeople," he said.
Dr Rouhani also said, "We are trying to make academic relations between the two countries closer and, in doing so, we are ready to provide several laboratories for Iraqi universities".
He said, "Unity and integrity in Iraq is to the benefit of Iraq and the entire region and the two countries agree on security and stability issues".
Source: Presidency of Islamic Republic of Iran