'Iran ready to cement strategic ties with Iraq'

'Iran ready to cement strategic ties with Iraq'
Thu May 9, 2013 21:00:35

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili says his country is prepared to expand all-out strategic ties with neighboring Iraq.

In a Thursday meeting with Adel Abdul-Mahdi, from the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI), in Tehran, Jalili highlighted the significance of expanding public service sectors and consolidating economic infrastructures in Iraq.


“The Iranian nation and administration are ready to expand cooperation with Iraq at the strategic level in all fields.”


He further expressed optimism regarding the recent provincial council elections in Iraq and said “progress and development in Iraq can be achieved through the unity and participation of all parties and groups.”


Jalili also underlined the need for Iraq to make use of the existing potentials and opportunities at its disposal, saying that the country is now in a good position to solidify its deserved place among Arab and Islamic countries.


Abdul-Mahdi, for his part, highlighted Iran’s role and position in resolving regional issues.


He described Tehran-Baghdad ties as excellent and friendly and said that Iraq was keen to use Iran’s experiences in the path toward progress.