Rouhani: Outsiders Cannot Harm Iran, Iraq Ties

TEHRAN ( Iran News ) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described Iraq as a strategic neighbor of the Islamic Republic, stressing that foreign parties will never be able to damage the brotherly relations between Tehran and Baghdad. In a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, held in Tehran on Tuesday, Rouhani said Iran attaches great significance to the protection of territorial integrity and security in Iraq, which he described as a major and strategic neighbor. “The foreign forces will not be able to cause any harm and disruption to the brotherly relations between the two old neighbors,” the president underlined.