Iran not to withhold any support for Iraqi nation-Rouhani
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated that Iran would withhold no support for Iraqi nation.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran supporting Iraqi nation and army in fighting terrorists since the first day, will keep this approach and will not withhold any support to Iraqi nation," Rouhani said in a meeting with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Tehran on Oct. 21, Iran's ISNA news agency reported.
Rouhani also said "those who have formed the coalition against the IS (Islamic State) group and claim that they are fighting terrorism should stop financial aid to terrorist groups."
Haider al-Abadi for his part, said, terrorism is threatening entity of regional countries, adding "We are sure that Iran will stand by us until destruction of the dangerous disease."
He also said his country is ready for boosting trade and industrial cooperation between the two countries.
Haider al-Abadi arrived in the Iranian capital Tehran for an official visit on Oct. 21.
The Iraqi premier, who is on his first visit to Iran since he took office on September 8, was welcomed by Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian at Mehrabad Airport.
Before his departure to Iran, al-Abadi said coordination on Iran's support in the campaign against the IS terrorists is one of the issues on the agenda of the talks.
The Iraqi prime minister further hailed relations between Tehran and Baghdad, saying, "Iran is one of the powerful and advanced countries in the world."
He added that he will also discuss closer cooperation with Iran in the areas of "energy, housing, and the reconstruction of Iraq."
According to a statement released by al-Abadi's office on Oct. 19, the trip is part of the Iraqi prime minister's bid to integrate regional efforts made to help Iraq in its war against the IS.