Foreign Policy
Fri May 22, 2020 6:1
Tehran Stresses Support for Iraqi Independence, Stability
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian First Vice President Eshagh Jahangiri highlighted Tehran’s support for Iraq’s sovereignty and political stability, and criticized foreign presence as the source of tension in the country.

Jahangiri made the remarks in a phone call with Iraqi Premier Mustafa al-Kadhimi on Thursday evening.

He said Iran has always stressed its support for independence, national sovereignty, territorial integrity, and political stability of Iraq.

Slamming the presence of foreign forces as escalators of regional tension, he expressed happiness on passing a resolution by the Iraqi parliament about the withdrawal of foreign troops.

Referring to the coronavirus outbreak, Jahangiri said that fortunately, the Iraqi government and people have had good success in fighting the virus.

The vice president added that Iran has also acted well in combating the coronavirus, and is ready to share experiences with Iraq.

Mustafa al-Kadhimi, for his part, said that the two countries should further boost their cooperation and interaction in a bid to overcome the challenges ahead, such as coronavirus and economic problems.

He also stressed the need to continue the meetings of the High Commission for Cooperation between the two countries, saying that Iraq will try to tackle the existing challenges.

In relevant remarks on May 17, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said stability in Iraq is important, and stressed the need to boost Tehran-Baghdad ties.

In his phone conversation with Iraqi President Barham Salih on Monday, Rouhani discussed regional developments and underlined strengthening of Tehran-Baghdad relations.

Today, the regional countries are facing many problems, he said, adding, "Bolstering all-out relations and cooperation between friends can be a way to overcome problems."

"The Islamic Republic of Iran stands by the Iraqi government and nation like before, and favors protecting Iraqi sovereignty and non-interference of foreign powers in the future of the country’s government and people," he noted.

Iraqi president, for his part, congratulated the arrival of Eid al-Fitr in advance, stressing the need for further development of relations and cooperation between the two countries.

Referring to the importance of Iran-Iraq political relations, he said, "The stability and security of Iraq require cooperation between friendly and neighboring countries, especially with the Islamic Republic of Iran."

Referring to the destructive interference of foreign powers in the region, Salih said, "The Middle East cannot tolerate new crises; thus, the interference of foreigners in the region must end rapidly."

Earlier, Rouhani had said that Iraqi sovereignty and stability highly matter to his country, and stressed Iran’s support for newly designated Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

Rouhani, during a phone contact, congratulated al-Kadhimi on his appointment as the new Iraqi premier, adding that, “Iran pays special attention to the friendly and neighboring country’s independence, political stability, national sovereignty, and unity.”

He expressed hope that Iran-Iraq cooperation will be expanded in the future.





Bottom top
Police Car Set Ablaze in New York during George Floyd Protests

TEHRAN (FNA)- New York firefighters try to put out a burning police car after the vehicle was set ablaze in Brooklyn during tense protests over the death of an African-American man in police custody in Minneapolis. [VIDEO]
Mexico: New Graves Dug in Mexicali Cemetery as COVID-19 Cases Spike

TEHRAN (FNA)- New graves were being dug in the Mexican city of Mexicali on Thursday, as it became the third city with the most registered cases of COVID-19 in the country. [VIDEO]
Iranian Youth Light Candle for Memorial Death of George Floyd

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian youth in Mashhad in memorial event lit candles and mourned the death of George Floyd, an African-American man from Minnesota on May 25, 2020, when Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, knelt on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, with the last 2 minutes and 53 seconds of the event happening after Floyd was unresponsive [PHOTOS]
Protests across America after Minneapolis Police Killing Black Man

TEHRAN (FNA)- The killing of George Floyd, a Minneapolis black man who died after being pinned on the neck by a white police officer s knee, has triggered a wave of protests across the country. [PHOTOS]
Iran Urges Lifting Tariffs for Exports to Georgia

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ambassador to Georgia Seyed Javad Qavam Shahidi in a meeting with Russian Foreign Ministry's Regional Director-General Kakha Sikharolidze urged him to address the limitations created for import of the Iranian goods to Georgia.
CNN's Black Reporter Arrested on Live TV by Minnesota Police

TEHRAN (FNA)- CNN journalist Omar Jimenez was arrested on live TV Friday morning at a site of protests in Minneapolis by state police, despite identifying himself to officers and asking where he and his crew should move. "We can move back to where you like. We are live on the air here. ... Put us back where you want us. We are getting out of your way — wherever you want us (we'll) get out of your way," Jimenez said before he was led away. [VIDEO]
Iran: US Blame Games Not to Fool World

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian foreign ministry on Saturday blasted US President Donald Trump's decision to terminate the country's relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO), describing it as a failed blame game that cannot fool the world.
‘Incredibly Dangerous’: Officer Killed in Oakland as Law Enforcement Struggle to Control George Floyd Protests

TEHRAN (FNA)- A Federal Protective Services officer has been killed in protests after two officers suffered gunshot wounds in California.
Iran EC Secretary: Trump's Shooting Threat to Act Like Time Bomb in US

TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council (EC) Mohsen Rezayee warned US President Donald Trump of consequences of shooting at angry protestors.
Fires Rage as Protests Escalate over Black Man Who Died in Police Custody

TEHRAN (FNA)- The white Minneapolis policeman who pinned an unarmed black man with a knee to the neck before the man later died was arrested and charged with murder, after three nights of violent protests rocked the Midwestern city and as more cities witness protests. [PHOTOS]
Coronavirus in England: Half of Those with Symptoms Not Isolating

TEHRAN (FNA)- Only half of people who develop coronavirus symptoms self-isolate for at least a week, according to government science advisers, raising urgent questions about the test-and-trace strategy aimed to contain future outbreaks.
Dozens Arrested in Minneapolis as State Plans to Mobilize 1,700 National Guard Soldiers

TEHRAN (FNA)- About 50 people have been arrested as protests continue across Minneapolis, while more than 2,500 officers are helping to keep the peace, Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington told a news conference.
'Justice 4 George' Protests in Downtown Houston Leaves Officers Hurt, 200 Arrested

TEHRAN (FNA)- During a demonstration and march in downtown over the death of George Floyd, things quickly turned violent.
Governor Says Situation in Minneapolis Remains 'Incredibly Dangerous'

TEHRAN (FNA)- Minnesota Governor Tim Walz stated that the situation in Minneapolis remains "incredibly dangerous" as protests continue in the city following the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old who died in the custody of police who knelt on his neck.
Mexico's COVID-19 Death Toll Doubled in Two Weeks

TEHRAN (FNA)- Mexico’s death toll from the novel coronavirus, now at 9,415, has roughly doubled in the last two weeks and remains the second-highest in Latin America, behind Brazil.