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Iran, Iraq call for expansion of mutual relations

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Baghdad, Feb 8, IRNA - Advisor to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution on international affairs Ali-Akbar Velayati conferred on Sunday with leader of Iraq's National Congress party Ahmad Chalabi on expansion of ties between the two countries.

At the meeting, Chalabi underlined the need for expansion of mutual relations and cooperation as well as increase in the volume of trade exchanges between the two countries.

Chalabi once again proposed a new plan on cooperation among countries of the region which he believed will lead to formation of a regional alliance.

Chalabi had already called for formation of a regional alliance among Iran, Turkey, Iraq and Syria.

He also called for expansion of mutual cooperation in such fields as oil, electricity, transit of goods and exchange of pilgrims between the two countries.

The Iranian envoy, for his part, expressed congratulation on successful holding of councils elections in Iraq and said the outcome of such elections would help restore stability and security to Iraq.

Velayati expressed the hope that Iraq would successfully leave behind the current developments and once again play its significant role in regional developments.

Velayati arrived in the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad on Saturday on a pilgrimage visit.

He is to hold separate meetings with the leader of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council Abdul Aziz al-Hakim and Iraqi Vice-President Adel Abdul Mahdi on issues of mutual interests.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 346077



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