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Iraqi president urges Rouhani to show restraint after the killing of Soleimani

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Iraqi President Barham Salih urged his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, on Sunday, to show restraint to keep the specter of war out of the region against the backdrop of the killing of the Iranian “Quds Force” commander with an American air raid.

This came in a call made by Saleh with Rouhani to express condolences for the killing of Soleimani, according to a statement issued by the Iraqi presidency, which received “Anatolia”.

The statement said that “bilateral relations were reviewed and the necessity of strengthening them to serve the interests of the two neighboring countries and peoples of the region, and emphasizing the historical ties between the two countries and their sustainable interests.”

The statement quoted Saleh as asserting, “The necessity of restraint and wisdom in this delicate stage in order to remedy the current crises, protect the security and stability of the region and the sovereignty of its states, and remove the specter of wars and violence from them.”

For his part, Rouhani thanked, according to the statement, “the President of the Republic for his condolences,” stressing “Iran’s eagerness to perpetuate the bonds of bilateral relations with Iraq and to strengthen and develop them in a way that serves the interests of the two neighboring peoples, and in a way that enhances peace and security in the region and the world.”

Soleimani and Vice President of the Popular Mobilization Authority, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, were killed on Friday dawn, with American air strikes in Baghdad, which sparked widespread anger in Iraq and Iran, and mutual threats between Tehran to retaliate and Washington to respond to any move.

Earlier today, the Iraqi parliament voted by a majority to demand a government to end the foreign military presence on the country’s territory, and to submit a formal complaint to the Security Council against the United States for “violating Iraqi sovereignty.”

And deploy about 5 thousand American soldiers in military bases throughout Iraq within the international coalition to fight the terrorist organization “ISIS”.

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