Iranian Pres. stresses unity of regional countries vis-à-vis superpowers

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani emphasized the unity of the countries of the region to prevent the plundering of the wealth of the region by superpowers.

In a gathering of the Iraqi elites, tribal and religious leaders in Baghdad on Tuesday, the Iranian senior official congratulated the Iraqi people and government’s victory on the terrorists and underlined, 'The issue of terrorism, of course, is still not over, and terrorists may make troubles for the people of the region in different forms because Americans have another dream for the region and are transferring terrorists to Afghanistan, Central Asia and the Caucasus.

'We need a unity and a great alliance for creating great regional power so that the superpowers do not firstly think of oil and looting the region, and pay attention that this region has a great civilization and a great culture,' the Iranian official highlighted, saying that all Muslim and committed nations will continue the war on terrorism to eliminate the sedition. 

Praising the warm hospitality of the government and the people of Iraq for the Iranian delegation, especially the people of this country, for reception of Arbaeen pilgrims, Rouhani made the remark that in close negotiations with Iraqi officials he spoke about all the topics of interest to the two countries in good faith and there were very good agreements. 

He stressed, 'We also had talks on all the important topics that the two governments were considering in the bilateral, regional and international context, and we reached good agreements.”

The president described the relations between the two governments and peoples of Iran and Iraq as a very privileged example in the region and in the world, saying that millions of Iraqis and Iranians have come to each other’s countries in the course of the year is showing the historical and cultural interests of the two great nations of Iran and Iraq. 

Rouhani expressed, 'We want Iraq alongside Iran and Iran alongside Iraq and we want to build together a great power in the region not against another country, but we want to attract other friendly countries in the region by unity and these two powers become three, four, and five powers as quickly as possible.'

The Iranian president recalled that 'we had no doubt that our economy, our culture, our political process and our regional goals' would complement each other, and said, 'We decided on this trip to increase the economic, cultural, scientific and political relations of the two nations day by day.' 

He added, 'We also decided to connect the two countries' railways, facilitate trade and remove the visa fee, and the Iraqi government will announce that it will do so.'

“We are keen to remove visas and nations commute easily, but the government of Iraq believed that the visa fee should be lifted first and removed at a later stage,' Rouhani said, noting that 'we were proposing to the Iraqi side that we could trade with the national currency' without foreign currency needs. 

According to IRNA, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Baghdad on Monday at an official invitation by Iraqi President Barham Salih and Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi to meet senior Iraqi officials at the head of a high ranking political-economic delegation. 

Following his visit to Baghdad, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran met separately with the Iraqi President, Prime Minister and Parliiament Speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi, and some of the Iraqi parliamentarians. 

Rouhani also made speech at a trade conference with the participation of Iranian and Iraqi government and private sectors and at a meeting with Iraqi political representatives and activists. 

During the President's visit, the high-ranking delegations of the two countries at joint and separate meetings with their counterparts, while reviewing the latest status of agreements and the level of cooperation and new opportunities for the development and deepening of relations between the two friends and neighbors, in the presence of Rouhani and the Iraqi prime minister exchanged five documents and Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries.

The president's visit to Iraq will last three days.

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