Zarif wraps up on-day visit to Iraq after meetings in Erbil

TEHRAN, Jul. 20 (MNA) – Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrapped up his one-day visit to neighboring Iraq after holding talks in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan region.

Zarif met and held talks with Prime Minister of Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masrour Barzani and head of the Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party Massoud Barzani on Sunday evening.

In the meeting with Masrour Barzani, the two sides discussed ways to ties between Tehran and Erbil in different fields. The Iraqi side also called for using Iran’s experience in the fight against COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Massoud Barzani highlighted that the Iraqi Kurdistan region will never become a place to threaten the interests and security of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Barzani also called for boosting trade ties between the two sides.

Zarif arrived in Baghdad on Sunday morning at the head of a political delegation and left Baghdad for Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region, after meeting with Iraqi officials.

In Baghdad, Zarif met with the Iraqi President, the Prime Minister, the Speaker of the Parliament, the Foreign Minister, the Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council, the Head of the Popular Mobilization Forces, the Chairman of the Fatah Coalition and the Leader of the Iraqi National Wisdom Movement.

In these meetings, international, regional issues, and the case of the assassination of Major General Ghasem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, the deputy head of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces, were discussed.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Sunday before leaving for the Iraqi Kurdistan region that his consultations with Iraqi officials were productive.

Upon arrival in Iraq, Iranian Foreign Minister visited the site where top Iranian Commander Lieutenant General Ghasem Soleimani, Second-in-Command of the Iraqi Mobilization Units Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis as well as their companions who were martyred near Baghdad International Airport and paid tribute to them.

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