Iran, Iraq to boost economic ties

July 26, 2010

BAGHDAD -- The Iranian First Vice President’s Deputy Ali Aqa-Mohammadi and the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki held a meeting here on Saturday.

During the meeting the two sides called for expansion of economic ties, the Islamic Republic of Iran News Network reported.
The officials negotiated about removing costumes’ obstacles and accelerating the tradespersons’ visits.
Al-Maliki underlined the Iraqi government’s desire to develop ties with Iran in all fields, especially in the fields of electricity and oil.
Al-Maliki also stressed that Iraq will move towards construction and development of the Iraqi economy following the formation of the new government.
The Iraqi official called for greater participation of Iranian firms in his country’s economic plans.
For his part, Aqa-Mohammadi reiterated his government’s support for the Iraqi government’s efforts in maintaining stability and achieving prosperity.
During his visit to Iraq Aqa-Mohammadi also held a meeting with Iraqi Oil Minster Hussain al-Shahristani.