On Thursday, Iran’s incoming president Ebrahim Raisi held official talks with foreign leaders in Tehran. In this context, he came together with Iraqi President Barham Salih and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in separate meetings in Tehran.
In the meeting with his Iraqi counterpart, Ebrahim Raisi reiterated his country’s support for a strong Iraq. Raisi also delivered his hope that the Iraqi parliamentary election, which is expected to be held in October, would contribute to fulfilling Iraqi people’s demands. Recalling Iranian efforts to protect Iraq’s territorial integrity, security, and stability, Iran’s new president highlighted that each attempt to boost Iraq’s steadiness and prevent foreign interference would benefit the country’s progress.
For his part, the Iraqi president emphasized the deep historical roots of relations between the two countries. Stressing that the relations were not damaged even during the long war led by Saddam Hussein, Salih stated that many opportunities exist to broaden ties between the two neighbors.
The Iraqi president arrived in Tehran to participate in the oath ceremony of Ebrahim Raisi, which would be held on Thursday evening in Iran’s Parliament.
Raisi also held a meeting with Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. During the meeting, the Iranian president discussed issues about regional peace and stability. Raisi also highlighted the importance of collective efforts to provide and protect regional security and peace. The cooperation between the two countries in several fields, including economy, trade, science, and technology was another subject discussed between the two officials.
For his part, Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan stated that his government attributes great importance to deepening relations with Iran. Pashinyan also expressed his hope that progress in bilateral relations would increasingly continue during the new term under Ebrahim Raisi. The Armenian prime minister will attend the oath ceremony of Raisi as the 8th president of the Islamic Republic.
Raisi’s presidency was endorsed by the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a ceremony held at the Imam Khomeini Husseiniya in Tehran on Tuesday.