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Iraqi president underlines consolidating ties with Iran

Baghdad, Iraqi President Fouad Masoum hailed Iran's positive stances regarding his country and underlined the need for consolidating relations with Tehran.

In a meeting with Iran's Ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi late Monday, he added that Iraq attaches significance to enhancement of ties with the Islamic Republic.

He further pointed out that Iraq will never forget Iran's helps to it in the fight against terrorism as well as its effective role in achieving victory over the terrorists.

Masjedi, for his part, appreciated the Iraqi president's positive stances and reaffirmed Iran's support and cooperation with Iran in various fields.

Further development of ties in economic, social, cultural, political, defense and security fields is a priority for Iran, he said.

Referring to establishment of new Iraqi parliament after Fouad Masoum issued a decree, he hoped that the event will take a normal course so that the new government would be set up at the earliest.

Iran's envoy also said that Tehran will support the government slated to be established in the neighboring state and will spare no effort to help it.

Iraq's new parliament will convene on Sept. 3, according to a decree issued on Monday by President Fuad Masum, preparing the way for lawmakers to elect a new government to start rebuilding the country after a three-year war with Daesh terrorist organization.

Iraqis voted in May in their first parliamentary election since the defeat of Islamic State's self-declared caliphate, but a contentious recount process delayed the announcement of final results until early this month.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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