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Iraqi PM meets new Iranian president in Tehran

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Ebrahim Raisi, right, and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi sit during their meeting in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)
In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Ebrahim Raisi, right, and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi sit during their meeting in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi meets Iran’s recently elected President Ebrahim Raisi to discuss the neighbors’ economic relations.

Kadhemi is the first foreign leader to visit the ultra-conservative Raisi, and brings a “high level political and economic delegation,” says Iran’s official IRNA news agency.

Kadhemi tells a joint news conference that the pair “discussed certain joint economic questions and strategic projects” as well as “increasing trade in the interests of both nations.”

Raisi, who took office last month, says that “financial and monetary relations” were also discussed.

As Iran’s neighbor to the west, Iraq has sought a mediating role between Tehran and Arab nations. It has tried to broker Iran-Saudi talks to soothe tensions between the regional rivals.

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