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News number: 8803171139

17:12 | 2009-06-07

Economy

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Iran Constructs Iraq's Largest Tunnel

TEHRAN (FNA)- An Iranian company has constructed Iraq's largest tunnel in Sulaymaniyah province, Kurdistan region, a senior Iraqi official announced on Sunday.



"A well-known Iranian company has constructed a 2700 meter-long tunnel in (the northern province of) Sulaymaniyah, which is the largest tunnel in the country," Sulaymaniyah Governor Dana Ahmad Majid told FNA on Sunday.

He underlined that the tunnel passes Ezmer Mountains and links Sulaymaniyah city to 200 villages and other districts.

Ahmad Majid, however, declined to reveal further details about the company's name and costs and duration of the project.

Meantime, Head of Iran's Consulate in Sulaymaniyah Ali Reza Mosaferi in an interview with FNA described Iran's economic relations with Iraqi Kurdistan region as progressive, saying that the two sides' trade volume in 2008 reached $2.8 billion.

He expressed the hope that the bilateral trade ties between Iran and Iraq would further grow given formation of economic committees and increasing visits by the two countries' officials.

Mosaferi further announced that currently over 90 Iranian companies are doing business in Iraq's Kurdistan region.