Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrives in Iran after Saudi visit

June 20, 2017 10:30 pm

arrives in on June 20, 2017. (Photo by IRNA)

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has arrived in Tehran to hold talks with senior Iranian officials after a key trip to the Islamic Republic’s bitter rival Saudi Arabia.
The Iraqi premier was officially welcomed by Iranian First Vice-President Es’haq Jahangiri on Tuesday. Immediately after the ceremonies, the two senior officials started negotiations about ways to boost Tehran-Baghdad relations and the latest developments in the .

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (C) is welcomed by ’s Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh upon his arrival in Tehran on June 20, 2017. (Photo by IRNA)

Jahangiri and Abadi also attended a joint press conference.
Addressing the briefing, the Iraqi prime minister said the two sides stressed the importance of expanding mutual relations, adding that they also made decisions to fight terrorism in a more strict way.
Jahangiri also said Iran and must strengthen cooperation on the campaign against terrorism.
He added that the two sides exchanged views about ways to solve banking problems and boost economic interaction in several sectors.
According to reports, Abadi plans to hold talks with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani.
At the end of his day-long stay in Tehran, the Iraqi premier will set off for Kuwait to meet with the country’s senior officials.
Abadi is on the three-nation tour of regional countries amid the ongoing diplomatic turmoil in the Persian Gulf.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, the Maldives, and Egypt recently broke off ties with Qatar. In their apparent bid to secure US support and that of Israel, the four countries cited Qatar’s links with Hamas and accused it of supporting terrorism, an accusation that the Qatari government denies.
The regional countries also blocked their transit routes to Qatar and ordered most of Qatari nationals to leave. The measures have also made family visits difficult. Qatar Airways has also been banned from using the airspace of the Saudi-led bloc of countries.
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