Tehran and Baghdad have expressed their determination to work together to stave off a war that could imperil stability in the Middle East.

That was announced that in a meeting between Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi in Baghdad on Saturday, May 5, 2019.

During their talks, the two officials discussed the recent regional developments, including those surrounding the Iran nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The two sides underscored that the international agreement should be preserved despite the United States’ unilateral withdrawal from the accord.

Abdul-Mahdi and Zarif reiterated that both Iran and Iraq have been affected by US sanctions on Tehran, which went into force following Washington’s pullout from the JCPOA last year.

He stressed that a potential military conflict between the US and Iran over the issue could have far-reaching consequences for the entire Middle East region.

Both officials stressed the need for Tehran and Baghdad to step up security cooperation to defuse the current tensions and reinforce regional stability.

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