Selin ATAY-TDO- The Iraqi Foreign Ministry said that while it was not briefed on the contents of the files that Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Mohammed Hussein discussed during his visit to Tehran, Iran denied a U.S. presence in the region, which it described as a "factor of instability." According to the statement, Iran said that “ending the presence of US forces in the region would be the best response to Qasem Soleimani”
Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Mohammed Hussein met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Secretary General of the Supreme Council for National Security Ali Shamkhani in Tehran with an accompanying delegation. Baghdad did not disclose the type and nature of the files, saying only that "joint files between the two countries are being dealt with.”
A statement by Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif complimented the legal process the Iraqi government carried out in connection with the assassination of Qasem Soleimani. "Ending the presence of US forces in the region would be the best response to the assassination of Qasem Soleimani and his deputy in Iraq, Abu Mahdi al- Muhandis," Zarif said in a statement.
The Iraqi Foreign Minister complimented bilateral relations with Iran and thanked Iran for its support for Iraq in the face of Daesh. "No foreign side can negatively affect Iraqi-Iranian relations," Fuad Hussein said during his meeting with Shamkhani.
“The full implementation and acceleration of these agreements will further enhance relations between the two countries and create a successful model of cooperation in all areas,” Shamkhani said in his statement.
"Iraq and Iran are two neighboring countries connected by friendship and fraternal ties, common and long borders," the Iraqi minister said in a statement.