Former foe Iraq stands by Iran on question of sanctions imposed by US
Tehran, March 7: Historically, they have been known to be enemies. Iraq and Iran had also fought an eight-year war in the 1980s and did not have much in common politically in the Saddam Hussein years. However, things have improved between the two West Asian neighbours in the post-Saddam phase and on Wednesday, March 6, Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi threw his country's weight behind Iran as the latter was put under increasing difficulty by the US's sanctions.
Speaking at a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Ali Larijani in Tehran, Halbousi said: "Just as Iran had positive stance in fighting terrorism, we will also support Iran against sanctions," the Tehran Times reported.
"Besides, now it is the time to pursue the interests of our nations, which requires us to boost our cooperation in the economic sphere and elsewhere."
Larijani on the other hand, expressed satisfaction over the current security situation in Iraq after the IS was defeated there in late 2017 with the help of Iran. He said Iran and Iraq enjot friendly relations in fields like politics, culture and economy.
The top Iranian parliament said he had talks with Halbousi on developing economic and political ties with Iraq to set up sustainable security.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is set to visit Iraq soon and Iran said it will be a historic opportunity to arrive decisions on border issues, economic cooperation and others.