The Financial Tribune
The Iran Embassy in Baghdad announced that it will support the new Iraqi government irrespective of which political group or faction takes the helm.
In the statement, a copy of which was obtained by IRNA, the embassy congratulated the opening of the Iraqi National Parliament, calling the event a major success and an important step towards political stability in the war-ravaged Arab state.
The statement said “The Islamic Republic of Iran has always attached special importance to its relations with Iraq and has emphasized continued cooperation and coordination in diverse political, security, economic and cultural affairs with Iraq.”
Iraq’s Parliament held its first meeting Monday after the May national election but failed to elect a speaker — the first step toward forming a new government.
On Sunday, lawmakers led by influential cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced they had managed to form an alliance that would give them a majority bloc in parliament.
Hours later, a rival group led by militia commander Hadi al-Amiri and former prime minister Nuri al-Maliki responded by saying it had formed its own alliance that would be the largest bloc, after it persuaded some lawmakers to defect from the rival group.
The embassy statement emphasized that “Tehran, as it has done with all previous Iraqi governments, will cooperate with the new government that will be formed by the new parliament.”