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Iraq's Al-Abadi In Tehran For High-Level Meetings

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi attends a meeting with Saudi Arabia's King and U.S. Secretary of State in Riyadh, October 22, 2017

The official Islamic Republic News Agency, IRNA reports that Iraq Prime Minister, Haidar al-Abadi arrived in Iran last night for a one day visit.

IRNA says that al-Abadi will meet Supreme Leader ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani and Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani.

Al-Abadi visited Turkey on Wednesday where he met President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The two leaders discussed military and economic steps they could take after what Erdogan called “illegitimate” Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum last month.

Iran and Turkey reacted harshly to the Kurdish vote and warned that they will not tolerate any challenge to Iraq’s territorial integrity.

President al-Abadi is accompanied by a high-level delegation comprised of Iraq’s ministers of interior, oil, planning, electricity and a senior national security. His office has announced that expanding bilateral ties and economic cooperation is on the agenda of the Tehran visit.

This is al-Abadi’s second regional trip in one week. On Sunday, he visited Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan.

With reporting by IRNA and Reuters