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During his unannounced visit to Baghdad, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said the neutral stances held by Iraq can provide ground for rapprochement between geopolitical rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Since Iraq is unable to pay reparations to Iran for the deadly eight-year war it imposed on the country in the 1980s, it can give Iran certain exclusive rights instead, an Iranian MP said.
An Iranian trade official announced that the Islamic Republic plans to boost its investments in the neighbouring Iraq.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the visiting UN Special Envoy for Iraq Yan Kubish conferred on the latest political developments in Iraq.
Ali Akbar Velayati, an international advisor to Iran’s Leader, hailed Turkey’s decision to pull its troops out of a town near Mosul in north of Iraq, expressing the hope for a thaw in relations between Turkey and Syria as well.
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani criticized the US for disrupting a military operation that the Iraqi army has begun to retake the city of Mosul, saying Americans do not seek an end to the “security crisis” in the Middle East.