Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Iran Strengthens Ties With Iraq To Confront US, Israel

(RTTNews) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that his country will confront the United States by strengthening ties with neighboring Iraq.

He and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki met in Tehran on Sunday, the first such visit by an Iraqi leader since U.S. combat troops withdrew from the war-ravaged country last year after being stationed there for about nine years during which they toppled the Saddam Hussein regime.

According to Iranian media reports, Ahmadinejad said at the meeting that there would be no room in the region for the U.S. and Israel if Iran and Iraq deepened their ties.

He called Tehran-Baghdad ties exemplary and said there was no obstacle in the path of consolidating relations between the two countries at regional and international levels. A spokesperson for the Iranian government said Maliki had agreed to strengthen ties with Iran for both countries' prosperity.

The two leaders are said to have discussed economic cooperation and negotiations with Western powers regarding Iran's nuclear program to be held in Baghdad next month. Read More