Iranian Spokesman Highlights Strategy for Ties with Neighbors

TEHRAN ( Iran News ) – The spokesman for the Iranian administration described closer ties with the neighboring states as a top priority in the country’s foreign policy strategy. Speaking at a weekly press conference on Tuesday, Ali Rabiee pointed to Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s trip to Tehran, saying, “Relations with the neighbors is one of the government’s main priorities.” He said the Iraqi premier is visiting Iran while “the policy of ties with neighbors, as a basic strategy in Iranian foreign policy, has entered a new stage.” Rabiee also expressed hope that Iran and Iraq would hold constructive negotiations during Prime Minister Kadhimi’s stay in Tehran in order to promote cooperation between the two neighbors and define the prospect for future cooperation.