Speaker’s Advisor: Iran to Continue Consolidating Strategic Ties with Iraq

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Advisor to the Iranian Parliament Speaker Hossein Amir Abdollahian congratulated Iraq on its successful parliamentary elections, and said that Tehran is resolved to keep up with strengthening its important relations with Baghdad.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will continue its strategic ties with Iraq to further cement the relations,” Amir Abdollahian wrote on his Twitter account on Tuesday.

The senior advisor lauded the successful holding of Iraq’s parliamentary elections which follows the victory against Takfiri terrorism and guards Iraq’s independence, territorial integrity and national sovereignty.

Iraqi people went to polls on Saturday to choose 329 parliamentarians in 18 provinces. With over 91 percent of votes counted in 16 of Iraq’s 18 provinces, the Sairoon Alliance of Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadris is set to win Iraq’s parliamentary elections. The final results will be announced today on May 16.

Of 24 million Iraqis qualified for voting, 11 million participated in the major political event.

People in Iraq went to polls to elect a new parliament and new prime minister in the first national election since the country declared complete victory over the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group.

About 7,000 candidates from dozens of political alliances are vying for seats in the 329-member parliament.

Among major challenges facing the new Iraqi premier is ensuring security and reconstructing the war-torn country.

The ISIL unleashed a campaign of death and destruction in Iraq in 2014, overrunning vast swathes in lightning attacks. Iraqi army soldiers and allied fighters then launched operations to eliminate the militant group and retake lost territory.

Last December, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the end of the anti-Daesh campaign in the Arab country. The group’s remnants, though, keep staging sporadic attacks across Iraq.

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