Iraq Seek­ing to Deepen Eco­nomic Ties With Iran

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TEHRAN (MNA) – Iran’s Am­bas­sador to Bagh­dad Iraj Mas­jedi meet with Iraqi Trade Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Hashim al-Ani, dis­cussing the devel­op­ment of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions in the eco­nomic, in­vest­ment and trade fields.

In a meet­ing held in Bagh­dad on Wed­nes­day, Hashim al-Ani pointed to the up­com­ing visit by Iran’s Min­is­ter of In­dus­try, Mine and Trade Reza Rah­mani to his coun­try, and ex­pressed hope that the two neigh­bors would boost their trades and eco­nomic re­la­tions.

Re­fer­ring to the U.S.’ uni­lat­eral sanc­tions on Iran, the Iraqi of­fi­cial re­it­er­ated his re­spec­tive gov­ern­ment’s sup­port to the Is­lamic Re­pub­lic, say­ing Iraq will not aban­don Iran un­der pres­sure.

Mas­jedi, for his part, ex­pressed grat­i­tude to­ward Iraq for mak­ing ev­ery ef­fort to deepen re­la­tions with Tehran, say­ing, the Ira­nian pri­vate sec­tor is ready to broaden the scope of its ac­tiv­i­ties and co­op­er­a­tion with Iraqi part­ners in dif­fer­ent eco­nomic sec­tors.

The two neigh­bor­ing states hold long­stand­ing eco­nomic ties, through joint in­dus­trial pro­jects, and trades of goods. Re­port­edly, Iraq is Iran’s sec­ond big­gest non-oil ex­port des­ti­na­tion after China.

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