Chairman of Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaoddin Boroujerdi said the upcoming visit to Iran by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki could be followed by great achievements. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an open session of the parliament here on Tuesday, the lawmaker noted Iran-Iraq cordial ties, and said that the visit would take place in the line with the two countries’ mutual cooperation and that the Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes the trip.
“The upcoming visit to Tehran by Nuri al-Maliki is aimed at a follow-up to the previous approvals of the two sides,” he added.
Boroujerdi also said that considering the several rounds of talks between Iran and the US over Iraq, Maliki’s visit to Iran bears much significance.
“Considering the several rounds of trilateral talks between Iran, the US and Iraq â€¦ Mr. Maliki’s visit to Iran is significant and could be followed by good achievements,” he said.
Asked to comment on the internal and external pressures exerted on Maliki’s administration, the legislator said such pressures are nothing new, adding, “The terrorist actions in Iraq are an example of foreign pressures on Nuri al-Maliki’s administration.”
He further described security as the most important problem of the Iraqi government today, and said despite chilly relations with the US, Iran accepted to attend the tripartite talks in a bid to take a step towards solution of Iraq’s problem.