Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein visited Tehran. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told his counterpart that Iran denounced “the U.S.’s dangerous move to attack Iraqi forces in [the] border areas of Iraq and Syria”. Zarif also characterised “recent attacks and events in Iraq” as “suspicious”, contending that “they could be aimed at disrupting Tehran-Baghdad relations as well as security and stability in Iraq”. According to an Iranian readout, the Iraqi minister “expressed Baghdad’s readiness to facilitate Tehran’s access to its financial assets” and “gave assurances that the Iraqi government will not allow the recent incidents in Iraq to affect the very good relations between the two sides”.
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