Iran-Iraq enhanced ties will help to regional stability: Larijani
Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani said that the presence of a stable Iraq in neighborhood of Iran will help to tranquility and peace in the region, IRNA reported.
Larijani made the remarks in a meeting with the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Tehran on Sunday.
"Two Muslim and brother neighborly countries of Iran and Iraq should continue to their constructive role in resolving the regional crises and issues," Majlis speaker said while expressing his satisfaction about Iran-Iraq relations.
Larijani emphasized boosting cooperation on regional and international issues between Iran and Iraq.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for his part said that Iraq and Iran are enjoying good and friendly relations in political, parliamentary, economic and cultural areas.
"The Republic of Iraq and the Islamic Republic of Iran as two Muslim countries and with rich cultural and historical background have friendly and brotherly relationship," Nouri al-Maliki added.
Referring to numerous commonalities for further expansion of relations between two countries, he said that enhancement of regional and international cooperation between Tehran and Baghdad is of prime importance for Iraq.
The two sides also discussed the recent developments of Syria.
Commenting on the ongoing development in Syria, Majlis speaker said that some regional countries which lack any democratic background are trying to bring about democracy in other countries through interfering in their internal affairs.
"The internal problems of Syria should be resolved peacefully and in a gradual reform process in political, social and economic fields," Larijani added.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Maliki said that Iraq wants establishment of peace and tranquility throughout the region.
He pointed out that Syria should be given sufficient time to resolved its problems.