Iran Reiterates Continued Support, Companionship with Iraqi Nation
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Vice-President for International Affairs Ali Saeedlou in a meeting with former Iraqi Prime Minister and Head of the National Alliance Ibrahim Al-Jafari on Monday underlined Tehran's resolve to continue aid and assistance to Iraq.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran will remain besides the united and integrated Iraq in all stages (of its development)," Saeedlou said in Baghdad this morning.
The vice-president reiterated that Tehran is ready to present Iraq with all its know-how about scientific progress and infrastructural development, and said "increasing cooperation between Iran and Iraq, specially in economic fields," would "serve the interests of both nations".
He said the Iranian government has established a special headquarters headed by Saeedlou to pursue the further expansion of economic ties and cooperation with Iraq.
Saeedlou, who arrived in Baghdad today, is scheduled to hold meetings with a number of Iraqi officials on Monday and then travel to the Northern city of Erbil in Iraq's Kurdistan region to attend a joint economic conference on Tuesday.
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.
Before leaving Tehran for Baghdad, Saeedlou met with KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani in the Iranian capital and discussed avenues for the further expansion of mutual cooperation between Tehran and the Iraqi Kurdistan region.
Iran and Iraq have enjoyed growing ties ever since the overthrow of the former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, in 2003.
Both sides are working on a series of plans to take wide strides in expanding their ties.