Iran con­grat­u­lates elec­tion of new Iraqi speaker

Iran Daily - - National -

Ira­nian of­fi­cials ex­tended con­grat­u­la­tions to Iraq’s new Par­lia­ment Speaker Mo­hammed al-hal­bousi for his elec­tion, de­scrib­ing the move as an “im­por­tant and nec­es­sary” step to­wards es­tab­lish­ing a new govern­ment in the Arab coun­try.

“The Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran has al­ways sup­ported Iraq’s democ­racy, ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity, and national sovereignty, and backs de­ci­sions made by the peo­ple’s elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives,” Ira­nian For­eign Min­istry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Satur­day, Press TV re­ported.

He ex­pressed hope that a new Iraqi pres­i­dent and a new prime min­is­ter would also be elected soon in or­der to pre­pare the ground for the for­ma­tion of a new and pop­u­lar Iraqi govern­ment.

Ear­lier in the day, Iraq’s Par­lia­ment elected Hal­bousi, for­mer gov­er­nor of the western prov­ince of An­bar, as speaker, mak­ing the first step to­wards form­ing a new govern­ment four months af­ter national elec­tions.

Hal­bousi, who had pre­vi­ously served in Iraq’s Par­lia­ment, from 2014 to 2017, tal­lied 169 votes to beat out for­mer de­fense min­is­ter Khalid al-obaidi’s 89, ac­cord­ing to law­maker Husham al-suhail.

Ira­nian Par­lia­ment Speaker Ali Lar­i­jani also on Satur­day of­fered his con­grat­u­la­tions to Hal­bousi, ex­press­ing hope that parliamentary re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries would be fur­ther ex­panded dur­ing his ten­ure.

He added that the Ira­nian govern­ment, Par­lia­ment and peo­ple at­tach spe­cial im­por­tance to re­la­tions with the Iraqi na­tion.

“God will­ing, we will wit­ness de­vel­op­ment, pros­per­ity and peace for the de­cent Iraqi na­tion af­ter fur­ther es­tab­lish­ment of se­cu­rity in that coun­try,” the top Ira­nian parliamentarian said.

Iraqi law­mak­ers must next elect a new pres­i­dent and task the leader of the largest bloc to form a govern­ment as prime min­is­ter.

The coun­try’s main po­lit­i­cal al­liances led by Muq­tada Sadr’s Sairoon bloc and the Fatah Al­liance led by com­man­der Hadi al-amiri are ex­pected to co­op­er­ate to form a new govern­ment.

Any new govern­ment has to move quickly to ad­dress the coun­try’s chronic woes, in­clud­ing the poor qual­ity of ba­sic ser­vices as well as po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic mis­man­age­ment. It would also have to face the mam­moth task of re­build­ing the coun­try fol­low­ing three years of strug­gle against the Daesh ter­ror­ist group.

REUTERS

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