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Enhanced Iran-Iraq Ties a Must

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TEHRAN, July 7 (ICANA) – Iran's First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi (R) and Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari meet in Baghdad on July 6, 2011.
Thursday, July 07, 2011 10:04:54 PM
Enhanced Iran-Iraq Ties a Must

Iran's First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi has highlighted the significance of improving ties with Iraq in view of the “sensitive” situation in the Middle East region.

“Iran supports Iraq's territorial integrity and believes that the national unity government in Iraq will be able to establish security in the country by relying on its own forces,” said Rahimi in a meeting with Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi in Baghdad on Wednesday.

He added that Tehran is totally in favor of the expansion of ties with Baghdad and expressed the country's readiness to transfer its scientific, engineering, economic and commercial experience to the war-torn Iraq, a Press TV correspondent reports.

The Iraqi speaker, for his part, said his country seeks to maintain peace and integrity and added that national unity in Iraq would prepare the ground for promoting ties with Iran at the highest level.

Meanwhile, in a meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari earlier in the day, the Iranian vice president said Tehran places no limitations for bolstering cooperation with Baghdad in all fields.

Rahimi pointed to ongoing developments in the region and added, “Regional governments and nations currently need more unity and convergence.”

They believe that unity between Iran and Iraq in various fields would leave no pretext for foreign powers to extend their military presence in the region, he emphasized.

Rahimi noted that despite ups and downs in Tehran-Baghdad relations, the two sides can serve as an appropriate model of democracy in the region and the globe.

Zebari, for his part, hailed agreements reached between the two countries and called for more consultations with the purpose of achieving common objectives to serve the interests of the Iranian and Iraqi people.

Iran's first vice president and Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday signed six Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) to expand cooperation in various sectors.

On Wednesday, Rahimi also held talks with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani on ways to expand mutual ties and the latest regional and international developments.

Rahimi arrived in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad earlier on Wednesday at the head of a high-ranking delegation for a six-day official visit.

Ahead of his trip to Iraq, Rahimi said Tehran is determined to expand trade interactions with Iraq to 20 and subsequently to 30 billion dollars in two future phases, given the potential of the two countries.

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