RadioBDC Logo
Cigarette Daydreams | Cage The Elephant Listen Live
THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING

Iraqi premier starts talks in Iran

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, center, shakes hands with Iranian Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi during his official arrival ceremony in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, April 22, 2012. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, center, shakes hands with Iranian Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi during his official arrival ceremony in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, April 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
April 22, 2012
Text size +
  • E-mail
  • E-mail this article

    Invalid E-mail address
    Invalid E-mail address

    Sending your article

    Your article has been sent.

TEHRAN, Iran—Iraq's prime minister traveled to Tehran Sunday for top level talks, underlining the close ties between governments of the two countries.

Nouri al-Maliki met Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the beginning of his two-day official visit.

Ahmadinejad praised al-Maliki, saying the Iraqi prime minister is working for reconstruction and progress in his war-battered country.

"If Tehran and Baghdad are powerful, then there will be no place for the presence of enemies of nations in this region, including the U.S. and the Zionist regime," the official Iranian news agency IRNA quoted Ahmadinejad as telling al-Maliki.

Al-Maliki's Shiite-dominated government has received support from Iran, a regional Shiite powerhouse.

A news website, tabnak.ir, said al-Maliki's visit to Tehran is an attempt by the Iraqi prime minister to show that Iraq has strong regional allies.

Al-Maliki is also expected to meet Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during his visit.

Among topics for discussion is Iran's nuclear program. Iraq will host the next round of nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers in Baghdad May 23. The U.S. and its allies suspect that Iran intends to produce nuclear weapons. Iran denies that, insisting that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

Al-Maliki was given a red carpet welcome by First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi at Saadabad Palace in north Tehran, state TV reported.

  • E-mail
  • E-mail this article

    Invalid E-mail address
    Invalid E-mail address

    Sending your article

    Your article has been sent.

Boston.com top stories on Twitter

    waiting for twitterWaiting for Twitter to feed in the latest...