• Mon / 28 December 2020 / 12:07
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Advisor to Iraqi PM pays visit to Iran: Khatibzadeh

Advisor to Iraqi PM pays visit to Iran: Khatibzadeh

Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian Foreign Minister spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh announced that the advisor to the Iraqi Prime Minister has paid a visit to Tehran.

Speaking at a weekly press conference on Monday, Khatibzadeh said, “The visit was taken place upon an invitation by Iran and such visits and negotiations between Iran and Iraq are quite regular and common”.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Khatibzadeh referred to the recent visit of Afghan National Security Advisor, Hamdullah Moheb to Tehran and said, “We invite all Afghan groups to engage in comprehensive and intra-Afghan dialogue so the negotiations will lead to a lasting solution to the conflict in Afghanistan."

He also announced that the final technical report surrounding the January crash of a Ukrainian passenger plane near Tehran along with its official translation will be published later today or by tomorrow and will be delivered to warring countries.

Referring to the arrival of the Martyrdom anniversary of the Lt. General Qassem Soleimani, Khatibzadeh described him as one of the pillars of regional balance and the most peace-loving military top official in the region.

Commenting on recent remarks made by Adil Abdul-Mahdi with regard to General Soleimani's last visit to Iraq and his assassination, Khatibzadeh said the Martyr's legacy is the defeat of Daesh and Wahhabism who created violent images in the region.

“Iraqi government was the host of General Soleimani and he had traveled to Iraq upon an official invitation by Baghdad,” he added.

“We had received a message from Saudi Arabia which wasn’t a diplomatic message and it contained issues that we responded through the Gulf Cooperation Council. During that trip, General Soleimani was carrying messages that the perpetrators of the assassination didn’t allow it to be transmitted, although we later transmitted the messages in writing,” Khatibzadeh went on to say.

Khatibzadeh noted that the US committed a big strategic mistake in assassinating him.

He underlined the fact that perpetrators of General Soleimani will be brought to justice, adding that the issue will also be pursued after January 20.

Khatibzadeh, also, made some remarks in reaction to the French Foreign Ministry statement claiming that Iran's parliament’s measures in terms of reducing its commitments to JCPOA jeopardize European efforts to return to the agreement.

“Europe is responsible for the non-implementation of the JCPOA,” he said, adding that “If the other parties fulfill their obligations effectively, Iran will reverse all five steps”.

Answering a question about the claims of the German Foreign Minister that Iran should not miss the opportunity of diplomatic relations with the United States, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said that countries, themselves, decide how to cooperate with other countries.

“The United States has caused a lot of damages to Iran. The first step for the United States is to return to its obligations under Resolution 2231,” Khatibzadeh added.

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