Iraqi Prime Minister visits Iran to strengthen their cooperation

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi (left) receives Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Chia al-Soudani (right), at the Saadabad Presidential Palace, in Tehran on November 29, 2022. © Iranian Presidency / via AP

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Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Chia al-Soudani visited Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran on Tuesday (November 29th).

This first official trip to the neighboring country since he became head of government a month ago was seen as a desire to affirm the ties that unite the new Iraqi government and its influential neighbor.

This in a context of tensions in Kurdistan on both sides of the border.


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With our correspondent in Baghdad,

Marie-Charlotte Roupie

For his first official visit to Tehran,

the Iraqi Prime Minister

 tried to

reassure his neighbor


Alongside Ebrahim Raïsi, Mohammed Chia al-Soudani says he is “ 

determined not to allow any groups


to use Iraqi territory to threaten the security of Iran


For several weeks,

the Revolutionary Guards have been bombarding the positions of Iranian Kurdish opposition groups

located in Iraqi Kurdistan, on the other side of the border.

They are accused by Tehran of fueling and

arming the anti-regime demonstrations

underway in the country, particularly since the death of Mahsa Amini on September 16.

Mohammed Chia al-Soudani announces a strengthening of cooperation to avoid repeated violations of the sovereignty of his country.

But seen from Baghdad, few believe Tehran will stop bombing if the regime feels threatened.

Beyond the security situation,

al-Soudani pleads for the development of economic relations

and the resumption of discussions between the two major adversaries in the region:

Iran and Saudi Arabia


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  • Iraq

  • Iran

  • Mohamed Chia al-Sudani

  • Ebrahim Raisi

  • Diplomacy

  • Kurds