Baku, 7 July 2023 (TDI): On July 6, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdullahian held a meeting with his Iraqi counterpart, Fuad Hussein, on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement meeting in Baku.

The two sides engaged in a comprehensive dialogue on strengthening bilateral relations and resolving various issues of mutual interest.

During the meeting, the two leaders denounced the continuous acts of aggression carried out by Israel against the Palestinian people, including the recent assault on Jenin and its camp.

Israel launched a major offensive on a Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, leading to many Palestinians’ displacement and tragic deaths. The Arab countries came together to condemn Israeli atrocities and express their solidarity with the Palestinian people, rejecting the current violence.

Bilateral cooperation between Iran and Iraq

Minister Fuad Hussein highlighted that the recent security commitments between Tehran and Baghdad are important for regional stability, emphasizing their positive impact on the development and progress of both countries.

In March 2023, the two sides inked a border protection agreement to prevent the illegal infiltration of Iranian Kurdish factions into the country’s territory.

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The two ministers deliberated on Iraq’s unpaid dues for Iranian gas and the uninterrupted supply of gas to prevent a shortage in electric power, particularly during the summer season.

Their discussion revolved around the issue of the demarcation of the borders in the Shatt al-Arab region, which holds significance as the oil-exporting channel between the two countries.

Furthermore, the Iranian foreign minister expressed his sincere appreciation to Iraq for its efforts in facilitating the normalization of relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The parties recognized the significance of bolstering their cooperation and coordination to confront Western policies that specifically target Syria, Iran, and other nations rejecting those policies.

In addition, they also show their firm commitment to enhancing their cooperation and collaboration at international forums and organizations to further their mutual goals.