The strong ties between the two countries and nations of Iran and Iraq cannot be ruined, said Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani on Sunday morning, upon arriving in Baghdad.
“Iran and Iraq cannot be separated,” Shamkhani wrote in a tweet upon his arrival in the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad this morning.
He also commemorated Martyrs Lieutenant General Sloeimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who were assassinated by the terrorist army of the US, less than two months ago in Baghdad by direct order of the US President Donald Trump.
Shamkhani left Tehran for Baghdad on Saturday at the head of a high-ranking political and security delegation.
During the visit, Shamkhani is scheduled to meet and hold talks with Iraqi President Barham Salih, caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, and Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi on bilateral, political, security and economic issues.
Meeting with heads and leaders of Iraqi political movements is of the other programs during Shamkhani’s visit to Iraq.
Last month, a visiting Iraqi judicial delegation agreed with an offer by Iran on forming a joint committee for inquiry into the case of the US terrorist attack against General Soleimani on January 3.
Senior Iraqi judicial officials met with Deputy Iranian Minister of Justice on Human Rights and International Affairs Mahmoud Abbasi in Tehran.
Abbasi said that Iran has paid heavy human costs for supporting Baghdad government and the Iraqi nation, an example of which was the assassination of General Soleimani, the commander of Quds Force of Islamic Revolution’s Guards Corps, and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, the acting commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).
He said that the assassination of General Soleimani by US drones in Baghdad while the Iranian general was officially visiting Iraq as a sovereign country constitutes an international crime in contravention of the UN Charter guaranteeing sovereignty of states.
Iran and Iraq would take the US terrorist attack against commanders of the two sovereign states to the International Court of Justice, the official said.