TEHRAN (Iran News) –Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi arrived in Tehran yesterday at the head of a high-ranking politico-economic delegation to hold high-level talks with senior Iranian officials on the most important mutual and international issues.
Kadhimi was welcomed by Iran’s Energy Minister Ali Akbar Mehrabian upon his arrival at the Iranian capital on Sunday.
The Iraqi premier was officially welcomed by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi later the same day.
Following the official welcoming ceremony, the two sides sit for talks on matters of mutual interest.
The Iranian and Iraqi officials are likely to discuss the resumption of talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia, among other topics, the fifth round of which was held in April.
Before his Iran visit, Kadhimi had visited Saudi Arabia, where he was welcomed by Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and de facto leader, Mohammed bin Salman. The two leaders also discussed potential areas for joint cooperation and exchanged views and opinions on a number of regional and global issues “which contribute to supporting and strengthening security and stability in the region,” Saudi Press Agency reported.
Some media outlets claimed al-Kadhimi arrived in Tehran on a visit aimed at reactivating Baghdad-mediated talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
In early June, al-Kadhimi said that talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia hosted by Baghdad have entered an advanced stage.
He stressed that talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia hosted by Baghdad have entered a remarkably advanced stage.
Addressing Iraq’s foreign relations and regional role of this country, the Iraqi premier said that Baghdad played an important role in bringing the views of countries in the region closer by hosting talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
In recent years the relation between Tehran and Baghdad has become strong and the trade volume of the two countries has increased considerably and it hit $9.5b last year which was $1.5m more than their trade in the preceding year.