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Iranian trade delegation to arrive in Iraq

A senior Iranian trade delegation is to visit Iraq in the near future, it was announced in the city of Sanandaj in Kordestan province on Monday evening, IRNA reported.

Iran's commercial attache to Iraq Janali Halvaie said that the Iranian delegation is to be led by Head of Iran's Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Mines (ICCIM) Ali-Naqi Khamoushi.

In a meeting with members of an economic delegation from Iraqi Kurdistan last night, he said that the Islamic Republic attaches great importance to trade with the neighboring Iraq.

The upcoming visit to Iraq of the Iranian delegation is aimed at studying avenues to bolster trade relations between the two countries, he added.

Calling for promotion of trade ties between the Iraqi Kurdistan and the Iranian western province of Kordestan, Halvaie said Iran is an appropriate route for transit of goods from Asia to Europe.

Meanwhile, representative of the leader of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in commercial affairs Abdullah Haji Saeed said last evening that the Iraqi Kurdistan is the best possible way for Iran's presence in the Iraqi economic affairs.

Addressing a meeting of tradesmen in Kordestan province, he said the Iraqi Kurds have always appreciated Iran's support during hard times.

The Iraqi Kurds are interested in Iran's active presence in their country's economic affairs, he said, adding that they want Iran to play a key role in development and reconstruction of their war-torn country.

Iraqi Kurds believe that the Islamic Republic of Iran is the best and safest way for transit of foreign goods to the Iraqi Kurdistan and then to the entire Iraq, Saeed noted.

The two countries' borders in the area of the Iraqi Kurdistan are open to the Iranian tradesmen and that there is no problem regarding their presence in Iraq, he further said.

Following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and the Baathist regime, ground has been paved for promotion of Tehran-Baghdad trade relations, he said.

An Iraqi trade delegation, comprising of 18 tradesmen, PUK economic officials and members of Suleymaniah chamber of commerce, arrived here Monday on a three-day visit to become familiar with the industrial and trade potentials of Kordestan province.

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