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News number: 9107131957

17:56 | 2012-12-31

Sports

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Iran Keen to Expand Sports Cooperation with Iraq

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Football Federation President Ali Kafashian voiced Tehran's willingness to further boost sports cooperation with Iraq.



"We are prepared to help Iraq in sports fields because we feel that the two great countries of Iran and Iraq are very close to each other. Today we will sign a cooperation agreement with Iraq to transfer our experiences in the field of sports to them," Kafashian told FNA in Iraq's holy city of Najaf.

He said that the sports agreement is first of its kind between Iran and an Arab state.

In June 2011, Iran and Iraq inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on sports cooperation.

The agreement was signed during a meeting between Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and the then Vice-President and head of the Physical Education Organization Ali Saeedlou in Baghdad.

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.