TEHRAN – Iran and Iraq plan to implement the provisions of the Algiers Accord on the Arvandrud River, which forms part of the border between the two countries, and will sign an agreement on the issue in the near future.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made the announcement during a joint press conference with his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari in Tehran on Wednesday.
The Arvandrud River is called the Shatt-al-Arab in the Arabic language.
The Algiers Accord was an agreement between Iran and Iraq to settle their border disputes and served as the basis for the bilateral treaties signed in 1975.
However, in 1980, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein issued a statement claiming to abrogate the treaty and attacked Iran, though international law holds in all cases that any bilateral or multilateral treaty cannot be abrogated by only one party.
“We have reached an agreement on the Arvandrud and the implementation of the 1975 (Algiers) Accord, and we are waiting for Mr. Zebari to visit Iran again to sign the agreement,” Zarif said.
He added that the agreement could help enhance the peace and security of the people of the two countries and the region.
‘No country will benefit from sponsoring terrorism’
Elsewhere in his remarks, Zarif commented on the evils of the efforts to spread terrorism across the region, saying that Tehran and Baghdad both believe that no country in the region will benefit from sponsoring sectarianism and terrorism.
He added that wars, bloodshed, extremism, and terrorism are major problems facing the region and noted that the Iraqi people have suffered the most from extremism.
The Iraqi foreign minister said he came to Tehran with the goal of “opening new pages in cooperation with Iran.”
“We want our borders to serve as bridges of communication for greater cooperation rather than barriers,” Zebari added.
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