Iraqi leaders assured this Sunday that Baghdad is trying to strike a balance with its neighbors while expressing its absolute refusal to intervene in their internal affairs while meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamed Yavad Zarif, a country’s diplomatic representative with extraordinary influence on the political course of Iraq.
Zarif arrived early in the morning for an official visit to the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. His first visit since a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad Airport killed one in January. Qasem Soleimani, the most prominent commander, was considered the architect of the Islamic Republic’s foreign intervention policy.
The visit also prepares the planned trip of Iraqi Prime Minister Mostafá al Kazemi, which will take him to Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United States.
“We want balanced relations with all neighboring countries based on Iraq’s national interest and non-interference in internal affairs,” said Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein at a press conference after his meeting with Zarif.