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Iran’s First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri has deplored an escalation of insecurity in the region after the American assassination of top Iranian commander Lt. General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, saying the expansion of relations between Tehran and Baghdad would contribute to regional stability.
President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani has assured his Iraqi counterpart that Tehran will keep supporting the Arab country and its sovereignty, calling for plans to promote mutual economic cooperation and resume the trade exchanges in compliance with the health protocols.
Defence Minister of Iran Brigadier General Amir Hatami has given an assurance that Iraq will have all of Iran’s defence capabilities at its disposal, saying the Islamic Republic seeks strategic partnership with the new Iraqi government.
An expert in West Asian affairs says one of the challenges of the new Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi will be balancing ties with Iran and the United States which are in some way in conflict with each other.
The Iranian president has given an assurance to the new prime minister of Iraq that Tehran will stand by the new government of Baghdad and the Iraqi nation as always.
Iran’s ambassador to Baghdad has expressed the Islamic Republic’s support for whoever the Iraqi parliament elects as the next prime minister in a legal process.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi says Tehran welcomes the designation of Mustafa al-Kazemi as the new Prime Minister of Iraq.
Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), better known by their Arabic name Hashd al-Sha'abi, have blasted the US forces based in their country as "occupiers", pledging to bring the occupation of the Arab country to an end.