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A new chapter to open in Iran-Iraq relations: Iranian diplomat

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Baghdad, July 12, IRNA
On the eve of the first scheduled visit of Iraqi prime minister and his entourage to Tehran, Iran's Charge d'Affaires in Baghdad, Hassan Kazemi Qomi, announced on Wednesday that a new chapter is expected to open in bilateral relations.

He told IRNA that expansion of ties is based on deep religious commonalties, extensive social and cultural exchanges, historical background, geographical conditions and the long common borderline between the two states.

Kazemi Qomi pointed to the high enthusiasm of the people of both nations over the past two years for pilgrimage to each other's countries as a sign of close mutual relations since old days.

As a clear sign of such a close relation, it should be noted that more than 1,200 visas have been issued daily to the Iraqis intending to visit Iran in recent months.

Turning to the unpleasant memories of the former Iraqi regime, he noted that following recent developments in Iraq, Iran was one of the first states to declare its readiness to help establish the new political establishment in the neighboring country.

After two years of Iran's serious attempt to contribute to the establishment of the present Iraqi government which was elected through the firm determination of its people, the visit of the Iranian foreign minister to Baghdad was a confirmation for Iran's foreign policy towards Iraq.

The upcoming visit of the Iraqi prime minister to Iran as the head of a high-ranking delegation including ten ministers and dozens of prominent economic, political and security figures is a clear evidence of such efforts.

"During the visit, a joint high commission to be chaired by Iraqi PM and Iranian First Vice-President Mohammad-Reza Aref will be formed and the mutually reached agreements will be finalized.

"Thus, as of next month, pilgrimage of Iranians to the Iraqi holy cities will be resumed," he added.

He predicted that the signing of agreements on cooperation and multi-faceted expansion of ties will raise the collaboration between the two states in the domains of economy, industries, oil, power production, transport of goods, tourism and pilgrimage to an acceptable level.

"Iran's expertise in reconstruction and revival of industries, transferring and indigenizing technical knowledge and strengthening infrastructures, can pave the way for closer and more extensive cooperation between the two states," he concluded.


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