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Iran, Iraq sign MoU on transportation cooperation

IRNA

Tehran, Dec 8, IRNA -- The Islamic Republic of Iran and Iraq 
signed on Sunday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 
transportation cooperation. 
Iran`s Roads and Transportation Minister Ahmad Khorram and his 
Iraqi counterpart Behnam Ziaboules signed the MoU. 
AT the meeting, the Iraqi minister called for utilization of 
Iran`s experiences in transportation sector. 
Voicing satisfaction with the signed MoU, the Iraqi minister 
expressed the hope that the results of such cooperation would bear 
fruits in the near future. 
About one million pilgrims commute between the two countries 
every year, Khorram said and expressed the hope that the two sides 
cooperation in the field of transportation as well as exchange of 
pilgrims would further increase in the future. 
The MoU covers cooperation in surface, railroad, air and sea 
transportation, he said adding that the two sides private sectors were
assigned to jointly conduct such cooperation. 
Iraq is in dire need of foodstuffs mainly wheat which could be 
provided by the Islamic Republic of Iran, he said. 
On construction of rail track to Iraq, Khorram said "we can be 
linked to the country through two different routes, and from Iraq we 
can join Syria, Mediterranean as well as a number of European 
countries." 
The MoU also defines Iran`s cooperation in reconstruction of 
Iraqi roads and railway tracks, Khorram said. 
The MoU allows Iranian airplanes to fly through Iraqi airspace, he
said. 
According to the MoU, the Iraqi sides could use Iranian airports 
along border areas such as in Kermanshah, Ilam, Ahvaz and Abadan 
until reconstruction of Iraqi airports are completed, he said. 
Formation of Iran-Iraq joint transportation commission was among 
other points agreed upon in the meeting, he said. 
Khorram hoped for expansion of all-out cooperation with Iraq and 
expressed the hope that the existing capabilities would help remove 
barriers to Iraqi transportation sector. 
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