Iraq supports Syria’s return to Arab League: FM

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Arab foreign ministers meet during a regular session to discuss latest developments in Middle Eastern affairs, in Cairo, Egypt September 12, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

BAGHDAD (NNN-NINA) – Iraqi Foreign Minister, Mohammad al-Hakim has said that Iraq supported the restoration of Syria’s suspended membership, of the Cairo-based Arab League (AL).

Mr Al-Hakim’s comments came, at a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammed Javad Zarif, who is on an official visit to Baghdad, for talks with Iraqi leaders to discuss means to enhance cooperation.

“We discussed solutions to eliminate terrorism in Syria and support the Syrian government, its territorial integrity and sovereignty,” Mr al-Hakim said. “We also discussed supporting Iraq’s efforts, to restore Syria’s (membership) to the AL,” he added.

Earlier in the day, Mr al-Hakim and Mr Zarif held a meeting inside the Iraqi Foreign Ministry building, at the edge of the Green Zone, in central Baghdad.

A statement by Mr al-Hakim’s office said that, he confirmed during the meeting that, the Iraqi-Iranian relations are witnessing “steady progress, in light of the mutual visits of officials of the two countries.”

Mr Al-Hakim also expressed Iraq’s determination to upgrade “these relations and strengthen ties between the two countries on all levels, to serve the two neighbouring peoples.”

Mr Zarif affirmed that Iran stands by Iraq in its war against terrorism and pledged to provide support to the reconstruction of the country, according to the statement.

Mr Zarif’s visit came, at a time when the US has reimposed sanctions on Iran’s oil industry, as well as, its banking and transport sectors, after Washington pullout from the 2015 landmark nuclear deal in May, last year.

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