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Iraqi prime minister due in Iran for two-day official visit


Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi is due in Tehran for an official two-day visit to hold talks with senior Iranian officials.

Heading a high-ranking politico-economic delegation, Kadhimi will arrive in the Iranian capital on Tuesday in his first foreign trip since taking office in May.

He will be received by Iranian Minister of Energy Reza Ardakanian upon arrival at Mehrabad International Airport, Iranian president’s deputy chief of staff for communications and information, Alireza Moezzi, said on Monday.

He added that President Hassan Rouhani will officially welcome the Iraqi prime, following which the two will hold private talks.

Separately, negotiations between the high-ranking delegations of the two countries will be held in the presence of Iran’s First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri and the Iraqi premier, Moezzi noted.

He further said that during his stay in Tehran, the Iraqi prime minister will also meet with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf.

The prime minister’s trip would come just two days after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif paid an official day-long visit to Iraq, where he held talks with senior officials of the Arab country.

In a meeting in Baghdad with Hadi al-Ameri, the head of the Fatah (Conquest) Alliance in Iraq’s Parliament, Zarif said the bellicose behavior displayed by the United States and Israel toward the countries in West Asia is inherent to the duo, and they cannot alter this reality by adopting makeshift policies.

“The hostility that America and the Zionist regime show toward regional countries is inherent to them,” Iran’s top diplomat said, adding, “Some people think that this reality can be changed through adoption of certain policies, but it won’t happen.”


Source: Press TV


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