Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.9
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iraq's vice president and former prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki will visit Iran on Nov. 9.
Heading a high-ranking political delegation al-Maliki will meet with senior Iranian officials to discuss issues of mutual interests between Iran and Iraq as well as regional and international developments, the Islamic Republic's Fars news agency reported.
Iran's deputy foreign minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that the two sides will talk about the latest developments in Iraq including the campaign against extremism and terrorism.
Al-Maliki who stepped down on August 14, 2014 aimed at improving the political atmosphere in Iraq in favor of the new Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was appointed as the Iraqi vice president by new Iraqi President Fouad al-Masoum.
Later in October Iraqi prime minister al-Abadi visited Tehran and held meetings with senior Iranian officials including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani.
Al-Abadi's visit to Iran was in direction of the two sides' efforts to help Iraq in war against the IS (Islamic State, formerly ISIL or ISIS) group as well as strengthening cooperation between the two countries, according to the Iraq premier office.