Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has expressed Cairo's full support for restoration of security, stability and unity in Iraq, lauding the "central" role the Asian country plays in the region.
In a meeting with Iraq's parliament speaker Mohamed Al-Halbousi in Baghdad on Sunday, El-Sisi said "Iraq plays a central role in the region based on an extended history and civilization," noting that Cairo is keen on promoting the bilateral ties in all fields, particularly at parliamentary level.
The Egyptian president also expressed Cairo's keenness on enhancing Iraq's role in the Arab region, vowing to provide the Iraqi people with "full" support in all fields at the bilateral level or through a tripartite cooperation involving Iraq, Egypt and Jordan.
Al-Halbousi, on his part, welcomed El-Sisi, describing his visit as "historic", pointing to what it could contribute to creating broad prospects of the bilateral cooperation.
He also hailed Egypt's role in maintaining the security and stability of Iraq and the whole Arab region, voicing his country's hope to develop the relations between the two countries, especially at the parliamentary level.
President El-Sisi arrived in the Iraqi capital earlier on Sunday on the first visit by an Egyptian leader to the conflict-torn country in nearly three decades.
Upon his arrival, El-Sisi held meetings with Iraq's President Barham Salih and Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi.
He is also set to meet with Al-Kadhimi and Jordan's King Abdullah II in a trilateral summit later in the day, which will be the fourth round of talks between the three countries. The summit aims to promote cooperation mechanisms and reinforce political consultation on regional issues.