Iran’s foreign minister arrives in Baghdad

Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein stands next to his Iranian counterpart Mohammed Javad Zarif in Baghdad, July 19, 2020. (Middle East Monitor)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Baghdad on Monday on an official visit.

Zarif is expected to hold talks with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein and other senior officials during his visit.

The Iranian foreign minister will later pat a visit to the Kurdistan Region.

In March, Iraqi foreign minister Fuad Hussein visited Tehran and met with his Iranian counterpart Zarif and Iran’s top security official Ali Shamkhani.

Iraqi National Security Advisor Qasim al-Araji paid a visit to Tehran on April 12. He met with Shamkhani who said accelerating the implementation of a resolution on the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq would boost regional stability.

In January 2020, the Iraqi Council of Representatives passed a resolution calling on the government to end all foreign troop presence in Iraq, a backlash grew after the killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani.

The resolution’s main aim was to get the United States to withdraw its troops present in different parts of Iraq.

Parliament’s resolution, unlike laws, are non-binding to the Iraqi government.

*This story was updated at 09:51 a.m. EBL time 

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