President Hassan Rouhani underlined that with the liberation of Mosul unity and integrity in Iraq must double.
“With the recent victories in Mosul and the defeat of terrorists, we hope that security, stability and unity in Iraq be strengthened more than before and, without a doubt, this stability and security is beneficial for relations between the two Iranian and Iraqi nations,” Rouhani asserted in a meeting with Head of the National Iraqi Alliance (NIA) Ammar Hakim on Tuesday in Tehran.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is always willing to have good, strong relations with all its neighbors, especially Iraq,” added Rouhani stressing that deepening Tehran-Baghdad relations is what the two nations ask for.
Emphasizing the need to push controversial issues away and strengthen the pillars of unity among all ethnicities in Iraq, he said “Islamic Republic of Iran supports a stable, integrated and united Iraq and any move aimed at undermining this unity and integrity in Iraq will not be beneficial and acceptable to anyone”.
Hakim, for his part, expressed his gratitude to the Islamic Republic of Iran for supporting the Iraqi government and nation, especially in their fight against ISIL, adding “the liberation of Mosul has strengthened national unity in Iraq”.
“After the liberation of Mosul, Iraq has faced new atmosphere, expectations and challenges, overcoming which requires precise planning and cooperation between all ethnic and political groups,” said Hakim.