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Iraq welcomes Iran's participation in reconstruction projects

Member of Iraq's Governing Council Ahmad Chalabi said in Tehran on Tuesday that Baghdad welcomes Iran's participation in reconstruction of the war-torn Iraq, IRNA reported.

In a meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister in charge of Economic Affairs, Mohammad Hossein Adeli, he called for expansion of bilateral economic cooperation between the two countries.

Referring to approval of new foreign investment, banking and trade laws and regulations in his country, he stressed that appropriate ground has been paved for activities of the Iranian economic and trade agencies in his country.

Stressing on supply of Iranian oil and gas to Iraq, he voiced Iraq's readiness to lay Basra-Abadan pipelines in the near future. Chalabi further announced his country's readiness to import foodstuff, construction materials and pharmaceutical products from the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Commenting on Iran's great economic potentials, Adeli stressed on Iran's willingness to participate in the Iraqi reconstruction projects.

There is strong political will in Iran to help restore peace and stability in the war-torn Iraq, he said adding that representatives from different Iranian ministries will be dispatched to Iraq in order to study the future plans for bilateral cooperation in different areas.

Chalabi, heading a delegation, arrived in Qasr-e Shirin, western Iran, Sunday through the international Khosravi border, to hold talks with Iranian authorities.

Kharrazi, Chalabi review mutual cooperation, development in Iraq

Member of Iraq's Governing Council Ahmad Chalabi and his entourage on Monday conferred with Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi in Tehran on mutual cooperation as well as current developments in Iraq.

Expressing satisfaction over trend of cooperation between the two countries at various domains, Kharrazi said that the foreign forces should listen to demands of Iraqi people and to leave the country as soon as possible and let the Iraqi administer their own affairs.

Referring to the positive role of Iraq's governing council in administrating the country's affairs, he said the persistence of Iraqi nation over putting an end to the US occupation proves that the Iraqi governing council is now matured.

"We call for a developed and democratic Iraq and hope the country would be a good neighbor for the Islamic Republic of Iran", he said. Kharrazi called Iraq's unity as the key to peoples' success in the war-shattered country.

Chalabi, for his part, expressed satisfaction over his visit to Tehran and appreciated the aid rendered by the Iranian people and government to Iraqi nations as well as sheltering them during atrocities of Saddam regime.

"We hope that Iraq's future constitution is drawn upon Islamic principles", Chalabi said. He called the UN to play a more active role for transition of Iraq's government.

Welcoming Iran's collaboration with construction process in Iraq, he described the trend as very positive.

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