Larijani Meets Iraq's Jaafari
Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani met with the visiting head of the Iraqi National Alliance, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, here in Tehran on Wednesday, FNA reported.
At the meeting, Larijani voiced pleasure in the improving trend of conditions in Iraq and formation of the new government in the country, stressing that "bright and progressive prospects are envisaged for the Iraqi nation".
He further praised the Iraqi people's vigilance against the plots and conspiracies hatched by the occupying forces in the country, and stated, "The Iraqi nation has made occupiers face failure and defeat through its vigilance and unity and it has made its enemies feel disappointed."
Larijani reiterated the necessity and need for Iraqi groups to maintain unity and solidarity to survive the sensitive conditions dominating the country at present.
"As before, the Islamic Republic of Iran would spare no effort to help to Iraq's progress, development and prosperity," Larijani said, and added, "The industrial, economic and scientific capabilities of the Islamic Republic will back up Iraq's development and progress."
Larijani also laid emphasis on the consolidation and reinvigoration of the two countries' economic cooperation in the various sectors, specially in industries, oil and gas as well as joint ventures in the energy sector, and stressed that the barriers standing in the way of Iran-Iraq banking cooperation should be removed.
"Strengthening of ties and bonds between the two countries' private sectors and facilitated tourist visits will serve as major steps in consolidating Tehran-Baghdad cooperation," he reiterated.
Ibrahim al-Jaafari arrived here in Tehran this afternoon to meet with senior Iranian officials and discuss the latest developments in his country.
Earlier today, Jaafari met with Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Saeed Jalili, where the prominent Iraqi politician and MP briefed the Iranian official on the latest developments in his country, and appreciated Iran's constructive role in the strengthening of stability and promotion of the Iraqi nation's welfare.
"The new Iraqi government is after the expansion of good relations with all neighbors and development of ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran in all the different political, economic and cultural grounds is among the priorities of Iraq in its new era," Jaafari said in the meeting with Jalili.
Jalili, for his part, hailed the vigilance of the different Iraqi groups and parties and their agreement on forming a national unity government, and cautioned the country's political parties and groupings against enemies' plots.
Jalili also called formation of the national unity government "a great victory for the Iraqi nation", and demanded the country's groups to stay united and keep vigilant against enemies' plots.
He further praised Jaafari's effective and influential role in the formation of Iraq's national unity government, and stressed the need for the country's newly elected cabinet to promote the quality of its services to the people and to work hard to establish sustainable security in the war-ravaged country.
"Constructive interaction between the regional countries and the Iraqi government is a prerequisite for the establishment of comprehensive regional security and stability and the Islamic Republic of Iran is fully prepared to contribute its share to the expansion of cooperation in all the various grounds," Jalili stressed.