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20:17 | 2012-11-12

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Larijani Stresses Iran's Opposition to Extremism

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in a meeting with the prime minister of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (KRG) here in Tehran on Monday reiterated the Islamic Republic's strong opposition to extremism, specially in the region.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran opposes any kind of radicalism and extremism in the region, because these moves damage regional progress and development," Larijani said at the meeting with KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani.

Elsewhere, the Iranian parliament speaker underlined the necessity of utilizing all potentials and opportunities of the two sides for the further development of mutual cooperation in all the various political, economic and technical fields, and said, "The Islamic Consultative Assembly supports any move and action taken for developing and bolstering ties with the Iraqi Kurdistan region."

Barzani, for his part, voiced pleasure in his trip to Iran, and said officials of the KRG lay emphasis on the expansion of relations with Iran in political, economic and cultural spheres.

Barzani arrived in Tehran at the head of a high-ranking trade delegation Saturday evening.

On Wednesday, Representative of Iraq's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) to Tehran Nazzem Dabbagh said Barzani would explore avenues for the development of bilateral trade relations during the visit to Tehran.

"Nechirvan Barzani will discuss new ways of bolstering mutual trade exchanges and pursue economic cooperation between the two sides, including accomplishment of border terminals," Dabbagh told FNA.

Dabbagh further voiced pleasure in Kurdistan officials' visit to Iran, saying their trips have always been fruitful since trade obstacles are detected in these visits and the two sides find solutions to their problems.

Saeedlou is due to visit the Iraqi capital city, Baghdad, on Monday and will then travel to the Northern city of Erbil in Iraq's Kurdistan region to attend a joint economic conference.

"Saeedlou will visit Baghdad tomorrow (Monday) to meet and hold talks with Iraqi officials," Iranian Ambassador to Iraq Hassan Danayeefar told FNA on Sunday.

"He will travel to Erbil on Tuesday to attend talks with Iraqi Kurdistan officials and will then go to the holy city of Najaf," he added.

Saeedlou, who will head a high-ranking economic delegation in his visit to the Iraqi Kurdistan region (KRG), is slated to meet Kurdistan officials to discuss ways of developing the two sides' economic and trade cooperation.

A large number of Iranian and Kurdistan companies are due to attend a joint economic conference which is due to be held on November 13.

Iran and the Iraqi Kurdistan region have enjoyed growing ties ever since the overthrow of the former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, during the 2003 US invasion.

A senior Iraqi Kurdish official announced in July that the value of the trade ties between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan region will exceed $4bln this year thanks to the two sides' growing cooperation.

"This year, the maximum value of our trade activities will exceed $4bln and such a boost is certainly the result of further cooperation," Representative of the Iraqi Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Nazzem Dabbaq told FNA at the time, adding that the value of bilateral trade ties with Iran was $100 million in 2000.

He voiced Kurdistan's willingness to boost trade ties with Iran, and noted, "The present and the future of Iran and Kurdistan are tied to each other. They should always have continued contacts with each other."

Also in July, Deputy Head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Barham Salih was in Iran to explore avenues for the further development of the bilateral relations between the two sides.

During the five-day trip, Salih discussed consolidation of PUK relations with Iran as well as the role, importance and expansion of Iraq's ties with the Islamic Republic.