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“Relations among the Islamic Republic of Iran and Iraq are beyond relations among two neighbouring nations and the Iranian government and nation regard progress and prosperity of Iraq as valuable to themselves,” the Leader mentioned in a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi and his accompanying delegation in Tehran on Saturday.

“But in spite of their remarks, the Americans regard democracy and Iraq’s present political activists to their detriment and primarily based on this, the Iraqi government must do a thing [to ensure] that American military troops will leave Iraq as quickly as doable,” Ayatollah Khamenei added.

The Leader emphasized that Iraq could turn into the Arab world’s most influential nation thanks to its human capacities and wealthy underground sources.

The US and its stooges in the area oppose the present democratic approach in Iraq and think that it would be against their interests, the Leader stated.

Ayatollah Khamenei added that the Iraqi government, parliament and present political activists had been not favored by the US and for that reason it was hatching plots to eradicate them from the political scene of Iraq.

The Leader pointed to contradictory remarks and intentions of American and Saudi officials and mentioned, “They funneled funds, weapons and gear to Daesh at a time that they [the terrorists] had occupied Mosul, and now that Iraq has overcome Daesh, they are expressing friendly words.”

The Leader hailed Abdul-Mahdi’s sensible and prudent stance on regional concerns, especially the developments in Iraq, and mentioned the Iraqi youths had been amongst the country’s human capacities that had passed the exam of the fight against Daesh terrorists in a fantastic and admirable way and marked a historical occasion.

Ayatollah Khamenei added that scientists and elites had been amongst Iraq’s other human capacities and mentioned the US had killed numerous Iraqi scientists for the reason that it was conscious of the significance of “this significant asset.”

The Leader stressed the significance of sustaining complete vigilance against the Daesh remnants “because they will when once again embark on their crimes, if they really feel a moment of weakness amongst the Iraqi government and nation.”

Ayatollah Khamenei mentioned the presence of US troops in the area could harm the interests of any nation exactly where they had established a lengthy presence.

The Leader additional mentioned that the Iranian and Iraqi nations had typical beliefs and cultural and historic bonds.

For the duration of the meeting, which was also attended by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the Iraqi prime minister mentioned the Iranian government and nation had normally supported the Iraqis in tricky instances, especially in the fight against Daesh.

Abdul-Mahdi hailed his country’s relations with Iran and emphasized that Iraq would never ever join US sanctions against Tehran.

Speaking at a joint press conference with the Iraqi prime minister earlier in the day, Rouhani mentioned Iran and Iraq had been keen to expand their cooperation in the fight against terrorism and smuggling whilst searching for stronger ties in the energy, gas and oil sectors.

“Border cooperation to fight terrorism, narcotics and smuggling will turn into stronger among the two nations,” Rouhani mentioned.

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