"We carry a joint message, which is a message of progress and stability and security, and also a message of peace," he was quoted as saying after talks with the Vice President of Iraq Khudayr al-Khuzaie. (Middle East Online, July 19 2013)
He also stated that, “The prosperity, progress, and security of Iraq are also Iran’s prosperity, progress, and security." (Tehran Times, July 19 2013)
The red carpet was rolled out for his visit.
According to a statement on Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's website the Iraqi Prime Minister told Mr. Ahmadinejad that "Iraq supports peaceful solutions for all the problems in the region."
He went on to tell Ahmadinejad that Iranian companies are welcome to participate in the reconstruction of the Iraqi state.
Following these meetings Ahmadinejad visited the Shiite holy shrines in the Iraqi cities of Karbala and Najaf. (ABC News, July 19 2013)
Mr. Ahmadinejad's presidential term is due to end next month when he will be succeeded by President-elect Hasan Rouhani.