TEHRAN, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described his country's ties with neighboring Iraq as "strategic" during Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's visit to Tehran, Press TV reported on Thursday.
In a meeting with Maliki, Rouhani called for developing mutual ties with Iraq in all fields, particularly economic and infrastructure areas, on a long-term basis.
Rouhani further called for expanding cooperation between the two countries on environmental issues, saying that Iran and Iraq must work together to tackle sandstorms, which has plagued the two neighbors for years.
For his part, Maliki congratulated the Iranian government on its nuclear agreement reached recently with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany.
The Iraqi leader arrived in Tehran on Wednesday. During his visit, Maliki exchanged views on the latest regional and international developments with senior Iranian officials and discussed ways to strengthen bilateral ties in various sectors.