Iran-Iraq ties beneficial to region
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has stressed the importance of strengthening relations with Iraq to serve interests of the region, reported PressTV.
"The expansion of relations between Iran and Iraq will be beneficial to regional peace and security," President Ahmadinejad said in a meeting with his Iraqi counterpart Jalal Talabani in New York on Sunday.
The Iranian chief executive pointed to historical bonds and cultural commonalties between the Islamic Republic and Iraq and said, "The two countries have great potential to promote bilateral and regional ties."
President Ahmadinejad highlighted the significance of restoring security and stability in the war-torn Iraq and hoped the new government of Iraq would be established in the near future.
Talabani, for his part, praised Iran's role in establishing security and stability in Iraq and said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has always supported the Iraqi nation and sought to tighten security and integrity in the country."
The Iraqi president further added that Baghdad would make use of its utmost capabilities to promote relations with Tehran.
The Iranian and Iraqi presidents also exchanged views on key regional and international developments.
The meeting between Ahmadinejad and Talabani came on the sidelines of the 65th UN General Assembly session, which officially opened on Tuesday at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.
The annual summit is to focus on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG Summit) from September 20 to 22.
The General Assembly will then be convened from September 23 to 30, while the Security Council meeting is scheduled for September 23.