BAGHDAD, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Baghdad on an official visit to meet with the Iraqi leaders to discuss the bilateral relations and latest political and security development in Iraq, an official television reported on Sunday.
The state-run Iraqiya channel said that Zarif is expected to meet his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari and the Prime Minister designate Haider al-Abadi as well as the Iraqi President Fuad Masoum, the outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and the Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri, and others Iraqi top officials.
Local media reports said that Zarif will discuss with Abadi the formation of the new Iraqi cabinet as well as the latest security situations in Iraq.
Relations between the Shiite Muslim country of Iran and the Shiite-dominated government of Iraq have been picked up considerably since Saddam Hussein's Sunni-dominated regime was ousted in a US-led invasion in 2003.
Iraq and Iran fought a bloody eight-year war in 1980s, resulting in the loss of one million lives.