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Iranian Foreign Ministry backs new Iraqi PM-designate
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_NA1(101).jpgTEHRAN – The Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Tuesday expressing support for new Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Haidar al-Abadi.
 
On Monday, Iraqi President Fouad Masoum asked al-Abadi, a Shia coalition’s nominee for the post of prime minister, to form a new government. 
 
Iraq’s National Alliance parliamentary bloc nominated al-Abadi for the post of prime minister to replace Nouri al-Maliki.
 
The Iranian Foreign Ministry expresses support for the steps taken in Iraq to complete the “political procedure” in the country, the statement said.
 
Iran insists on “selection of prime minister and the formation of the new Iraqi government” based on the country’s constitution and electoral law, the guidelines of the religious authority and national coalition, it said.
 
Therefore, based on this principle Iran backs an immediate selection of cabinet members by the prime minister and the process of voting for cabinet nominees by the Iraqi parliament, the statement read.
 
It added Iran will continue its support for the Iraqi people and government in countering terrorism and helping boost security and stability in the country.
 
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