SULAIMANI – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday (April 27) visited Erbil, where he met with Co-leaders of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Bafel Talabani and Lahur Sheikh Jangi.
PUK Co-leaders and Zarif discussed bilateral relations between Iran and the Kurdistan Region, Erbil-Baghdad relations and latest developments in the region and the world.
"We emphasized on the stability of the region, adding that the peace and security of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region is an important factor for the security and stability of neighboring countries," Sheikh Jangi said in a statement.
Both sides held talks regarding issues related to Iran’s nuclear deal with the world powers, Lahur Sheikh Jangi said describing the meeting as “positive.”
"We expressed our happiness at the progress of the talks between the United States and Iran. We stated that reaching an agreement would reduce the burden on Iranian citizens," he added.
"In the meeting we discussed the need to improve relations, coordination, and strengthen economic and trade efforts between the Kurdistan Region and the Islamic Republic of Iran to ensure political stability and the security of the region."
Iranian Foreign Minister said during a press conference that the “meeting went on in a good way.”
Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday (April 26) arrived in Baghdad, where he met with Iraqi senior officials.
A video was shared by Iran’s Arabic-language al-Alam TV showed Zarif visiting the assassination site of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes to pay his respects near Baghdad airport.
Senior Iraqi officials have regularly called on the foreign countries not to use their country as a battleground for settling their scores.
*This story was updated at 10:20 pm EBL on April 28*