Iran, Iraq call for strengthening mutual ties
Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Baghdad Mohammad-Kazem Al Sadeq called for boosting mutual ties with Iraq in a meeting with the newly-elected Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid on Sunday.

Al Sadeq met and held talks with the newly-elected Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid on Sunday, the Iraqi news outlet Middle East News reported.

In a congratulatory message, Al Sadeq congratulated Abdul Latif Rashid upon his election and wished success and prosperity for him, and reiterated Iran's support for Iraq in strengthening its security and stability.

The two sides discussed bilateral relations and stressed the importance of strengthening joint cooperation and coordination between the two neighboring countries.

Rashid, for his part, welcomed the meeting with the Iranian ambassador and emphasized the shared historical, cultural and religious fields between the two countries.

"The interest of Iraq is the interest of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the interest of the Islamic Republic of Iran is the interest of Iraq," Rashid said.

He emphasized, "We look at the Islamic Republic of Iran as a partner for the interests of the two countries, and we believe that the interests of Iran are beyond the interests of Iran and Iraq and are actually the interests of the Middle East."

In the meeting, the two side also stressed expanding cultural relations and paying attention to common social and religious ties.

The importance and usefulness of the recent visit of Qasim al-Araji, Iraq's national security adviser to Iran, was also one of the other topics discussed in the meeting.

Rashid replaced his fellow Iraqi Barham Salih as head of state after the two-round vote in parliament on Thursday, winning more than 160 votes against 99 for Salih.

In a message congratulating Abdul Latif Rashid upon his election, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi expressed hope that the new government of this country would take steps toward the growth and prosperity of Iraq.

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