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News Agency (KUNA)) During separate talks with Iran's visiting foreign minister both Iraq's outgoing and incumbent prime ministers urged the need for further regional cooperation on tackling the extremist Islamic State militancy in their country.
Outgoing Iraqi prime minister Nouri Al-Maliki, referring to the occupation of large swathes of Iraqi territories by the extremist group, said that the region is experiencing a delicate stage that requires further cooperation and coordination.
During a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, he stressed the "importance of maintaining bilateral relations and pushing them towards further development and prosperity." According to Al-Maliki's office, Zarif praised the departing prime minister's role in enhancing these relations, telling him personally that "your (Al-Maliki's) role will remain large in the future of Iraq." Later, talks between Prime Minister-designate Haidar Al-Abadi and Zarif discussed the state of security and politics in Iraq, in addition to bilateral economic and trade relations.
The Iranian official delivered his government's best wishes on Al-Abadi's recent appointment, expressing hope that the coming period would usher in further cooperation between both sides.
Al-Abadi, for his part, said that his future government would be committed to maintaining its relations with its neighbor on the basis of mutual respect and joint interests.