Calls for cooperation

Iran’s judiciary chief praises Iraqi parliament

BAGHDAD – On Wednesday, Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje’i, the Chief of Iran’s Judiciary, praised the Iraqi Parliament for its “exceptional” role and urged further parliamentary cooperation between Iran and Iraq on regional matters. His comments came during a discussion with Mohsen Al-Mandalawi, the acting Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives.

“Today, Wednesday, Mr. Mohsen al-Mandlawi, Acting Speaker of the Council of Representatives, hosted Mr. Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje’i, the President of the Iranian Judiciary Authority, along with his delegation. The meeting, which also saw the participation of several members of parliament and the Iranian Ambassador to Iraq, Mr. Mohammed al-Sadiq, focused on enhancing bilateral cooperation,” read the statement.

Al-Mandlawi highlighted the issue of repeated American attacks on Iraqi sites and figures as ‘violations of international law’, potentially harming relations between the two countries. He reaffirmed the Council of Representatives’ commitment to executing its previous decision to expel foreign forces from Iraq, noting that forthcoming legislation aims to end their presence entirely. Al-Mandlawi stressed Iraq’s sovereignty and self-sufficiency in defense, while also urging Arab and Islamic parliaments to legislate against the “Zionist entity” – referring to Israel – and its supporters and to outlaw relations with them.

“The legislative authority is eager to strengthen ties with regional and neighboring countries, fostering cooperation and integration across Iraqi governance branches,” the Council President stated. He highlighted support for bilateral judicial and legal cooperation agreements with Iran, asserting Iraq’s unwavering position on Palestine and calling for regional and international efforts to halt Zionist aggression in Gaza.

Mohseni-Eje’i commended the Iraqi parliament’s unique position, particularly its legislation against normalizing relations with the Zionist entity, as a notable stance. He recognized the Iraqi people’s capability to govern their own affairs and called for increased collaboration between the Iranian and Iraqi parliaments on regional issues, acknowledging ‘Iraq’s significant and influential role’.