A senior Iranian official has described Tehran-Baghdad relations as “deep and unique” and said the Islamic Republic will always stand by the Iraqi government and the Iraqi people.
“Iran will always stand by the government and the Iraqi people,” said Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor on international affairs to Islamic Revolution leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, at a meeting with former Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi . on Thursday in Tehran.
“We have deep and historical relationships; there are only a few two nations in the world that share such unique similarities,” he said, adding that the March of the Arba’een was an example of this collaboration and interaction, with reference to the annual massive procession in commemoration of the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS), the third Shiite imam, from the holy Iraqi city of Najaf to Karbala.
Velayati expressed Iran’s willingness to cooperate with and provide assistance to the Iraqi government and people, and praised them the “prominent role” of prominent, seasoned politicians like Abdul-Mahdi in the Iraqi political arena.
Stressing that the elections in Iraq had demonstrated the deep and rich intellectual growth and culture of the Iraqi people, the senior Iranian official said the election results could pave the way for the promotion and development of the country more than ever.
For his part, referring to the political situation and the electoral process in Iraq, Abdul-Mahdi said: “There are difficulties, but we will overcome the problems with the strength and will of the Iraqi people.”
The former Iraqi prime minister praised the cooperation between Tehran and Baghdad, saying: “We are strong nations and we should not let the West and the Americans decide for us, and no power in the world can affect relations between Iran and Iraq Relationship will go on. “
During his meeting with Velayati, the Iraqi official also praised the effective role played by the top Iranian counter-terrorism commander, Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and his Iraqi companion Abu Mehdi al-Mohandes in the fight against Daesh.
General Soleimani and his companions were murdered near Baghdad International Airport during a US strike in January 2020 when the Iranian commander in chief was visiting Iraq.
Iran has promised to avenge General Soleimani’s blood and bring the perpetrators of the cowardly terrorist attack to justice.
Stressing that US power in the region is decreasing every day, Abdul-Mahdi said, âThe Islamic Republic of Iran is getting stronger day by day, and the United States and the West are weaker than before [military forces] must leave Iraq, and that is the request of the entire Iraqi network. “
Abdul-Mahdi also described the Arba’een march as a sign of solidarity and unity between the two nations of Iraq and Iran.