Iran´s President Hassan Rouhani on Monday described ties with Iraq as “particular”, as he ready to journey to Baghdad on his first official go to to the neighbouring nation.
Rouhani´s three-day go to comes as Iraq has been beneath stress from Washington to restrict ties with its neighbour, significantly after the US withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal and hit Tehran with sanctions.
“Iran-Iraq relations are particular,” Rouhani mentioned at Tehran´s Mehrabad airport, state tv reported.
“Every time the individuals of the area had an issue and requested Iran for assist, the individuals and authorities of Iran rushed to their assist with all their energy,” he added.
Iran has shut however sophisticated ties with Iraq, with vital affect amongst its Shiite political teams.
The 2 nations fought a bloody struggle from 1980 to 1988 and Tehran´s affect in Baghdad grew after the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq toppled the federal government of Saddam Hussein.
Iran was the primary nation to reply to Iraqi requires assist after Islamic State group jihadists captured Mosul in 2014 and threatened to overrun Baghdad and Kirkuk.
Tehran dispatched “navy advisors” and tools in a single day together with the well-known Revolutionary Guards elite Qods Pressure commander Qasem Soleimani to forestall IS jihadists from approaching its western borders.
Following the defeat of IS in Iraq, Iran is attempting to place itself to realize a chief function in rebuilding the war-ravaged nation.
“Iran-Iraq relations usually are not comparable with (Iraq´s relations) with an aggressor nation like America,” Rouhani mentioned.
“America is despised within the area. The bombs that the Individuals dropped on Iraqis, Syrian individuals and different nations can’t be forgotten and,” he mentioned.
Rouhani´s go to to Iraq would be the first since he grew to become president in 2013. He’s set to satisfy Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, President Barham Saleh and the nation´s chief Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, in accordance with the Iranian authorities´s web site.
Iran´s International Minister Javad Zarif arrived Sunday in Baghdad to organize for the go to.