RNA – In his Friday prayer sermon delivered to a large and fervent crowd of believers in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf’s al-Fatimiyah al-Kubra Husayniyah, Hujjat al-Islam Sayyid Sadruddin al-Qubanchi referred to the visit of Iran’s President Hasan Rouhani with Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali al-Sistani and said, “Welcoming any plan that would enhance relations between neighbouring countries on the basis of equal rights and the preservation of sovereignty was among the important points that Ayatollah al-Sistani expressed during this meeting.”
The Iraqi Shi’ah scholar added, “The Iraqi people, with the help of their allies, were able to achieve victory over the Daesh terrorist movement and Iran deserves special thanks for its great assistance and support to Iraq.”
Hujjat al-Islam al-Qubanchi said the third focal point of the issues raised in this meeting was the fight against corruption, improved services and the restriction of weapons to the government and noted, “We hope the Iraqi government can make notable progress in these areas.”
In another part of his Friday prayer sermon, His Eminence mentioned the statements of Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the United States House of Representatives, on the necessity of the resignation of the President of the United States, and said, “While she advocates the resignation of Donald Trump, she also speaks in defence of his position saying ‘he has done nothing wrong over the past two years.’ This fact is the reality of the international community and reflects its wretched condition.”
In his sermon on religious issues, he referred to the virtues of the Islamic month of Rajab and said, “Supplicating and seeking forgiveness in this blessed month has many rewards.”
Hujjat al-Islam al-Qubanchi described the successful holding of the commemoration of the martyrdom of the tenth Infallible Imam, Ali ibn Muhammad al-Hadi, in Samarra and thanked the security forces and the Popular Mobilization Forces, in particular the Saraya al-Salam Battalion, for their role in providing security for the pilgrims and the roads leading to the Askariyayn Shrine and mourning camps.”
Heading a high-ranking delegation, President Rouhani began his official Iraq visit on March 11th, which featured several meetings and the signing of memorandums of understanding for the expansion of bilateral ties in various fields.
In a historic meeting, President Rouhani held talks with Ayatollah al-Sistani in the holy city of Najaf on the final day of his landmark visit to the neighbouring Arab state.
Rasa News Agency