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15:07 | 2012-11-12

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Iran, Iraq Keen on Enhancing Bilateral Ties

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Vice-President for International Affairs Ali Saeedlou, in a meeting with Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi on Monday, urged both Tehran and Baghdad to seize the present opportunity to enhance their ties in different fields.

"…We should use this opportunity and remove the current obstacles in order to see improvement in the level of cooperation between Tehran and Baghdad very soon," Saeedlou said, reminding Iran and Iraq's abundant cultural and historical commonalities.

Pointing to Iran's progress in industrial, nanotechnology, aerospace and nuclear fields, the Iranian vice-president said, "These advancements belong to all countries of the world and the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to provide Iraq with its modern technologies."

Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi, for his part, said that there are currently vast potentials for the two countries' cooperation, which should be utilized to further promote the relations between Tehran and Baghdad.

Last month, Nujaifi in a meeting with the Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi asked Tehran to play a stronger role in the reconstruction of his war-torn country.

The Iraqi parliament supports Iran's further participation in the reconstruction and development of Iraq, the Iraqi parliament speaker said.

He also said that Iraq seeks good and balanced relations with all countries of the region, and called for dialogue and interaction among regional countries to solve the existing problems, which he said stem from foreign interference and their support of terrorism.

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, in economic fields in particular.

In July, Iran boosted its power supplies to Iraq and exported 1,139mw of power to its western neighbor.