Aoun receives invitation to visit Iraq, stresses importance of solidarity to fight terrorism

President of the Republic Michel Aoun stressed "Lebanon's keenness on developing the Iraqi-Lebanese relations and enhancing them over all fields," confirming the importance of solidarity among all countries to fight terrorism.

The president's words came on Saturday before noon while meeting at Baabda Palace with the Iraqi Foreign Affairs minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari who handed him an invitation from Iraq's President Fouad Maasoum to visit Iraq.

The message also congratulated President Aoun on his election and hoped to strengthen relations between the two countries.

State minister of Presidential Affairs Pierre Raffoul, Iraqi Ambassador to Lebanon Abbas Bandar Al-Omeiri and the accompanying delegation attended the meeting.

President Aoun thanked the Iraqi President on the invitation, noting that its details will be studied via diplomatic channels.

Aoun hoped "Iraq would restore its security and stability and re-establish its sovereignty over all its territories."

The President confirmed that Lebanon has succeeded in overcoming a difficult period and started a stage of growth over all sectors.

His Excellency stressed that "fighting terrorism is not the responsibility of one state but it demands cooperation and coordination among all countries because the danger of terrorism is no more confined to one state without the other."

Aoun hoped the upcoming Arab Summit which will be held in Jordan would succeed in embodying the Arab solidarity "which is a must to face the current circumstances through which all Arab countries are passing."

The Iraqi minister thanked President Aoun on Lebanon's support to Iraq at the international and regional circles, confirming that "his country does not interfere in the domestic affairs of the Arab countries and wish them all good and prosperity."

Jaafari also briefed the President on his country's stances from the Iraqi incidents and the regional affairs as well as on the role that Iraq is playing to fight terrorism organizations and practices against the Iraqi people.

The attendees also talked about the major issues which are to be discussed during the upcoming Arab summit in Amman and the Arab-Arab relations.

Following the meeting, the Iraqi minister told journalists that he discussed with the president various issues regarding the Lebanese-Iraqi relations and the regional affairs, in addition to the latest developments and security incidents in Iraq and the military victories which the Iraqi armed forces are achieving.

He added that brethren deep ties have been established between Lebanon and Iraq throughout history and are still ongoing.

The minister pointed out that they also discussed many Arab files, especially the Syrian incidents which occupy a major part of the common Lebanese-Iraqi concern.

Jaafari hoped President Aoun would soon visit Iraq.

He concluded, "We (Iraqi people) are keen on promoting the best atmosphere which serves the Iraqi-Lebanese common interests."

Source: National News Agency