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Iraqi Minister: Ground paved for Iranians' investments in Iraq

Qasr-e-Shirin, April 6, IRNA -- Iraqi Interim Governing Council (IGC) appointed Interior Minister Nouri al-Badran said on Monday, "Based on agreements reached with Iranian officials, the ground is now fully paved for the investments of the Iranian merchants in Iraq."

Al-Badran said in his remarks to IRNA corespondent in Khosravi Border that the IGC favors Iran's investments in Iraq, adding, "The Iranian merchants can invest in Iraq's tourism industry, including hotel management."

He said, "The IGC officials have reached initial agreements with the Iranian authorities in that respect."

The Iraqi interior minister elaborating on the outcome of his Tehran talks, said, "In addition to intensive discussions with Iranian interior ministry officials, I had talks with Iranian intelligence and disciplinary officials in Tehran."

Nouri al-Badran added, "We addressed issues of mutual concern and agreements were reached in certain areas."

He said, "Facilitating the two countries' pilgrims' trips, the expansion of border markets, and the strengthening of bilateral ties were among the topmost important issues discussed with Iranian officials during my visit."

On Iranian pilgrims' trips to Iraq, the Iraqi interior minister said, "The three borders of Khosravi, Mehran and Shalamcheh are currently allocated to the Iranian and Iraqi pilgrims' traffic."

He reiterated, "We also talked about the trips of individual Iranian pilgrims to Iraq, that will be the way the Iranians will visit Iraq in the future."

Al-Badran reiterated, "All the same, currently that officials in both countries favor visits of the pilgrims in caravans, following the legal procedures, including customs control."

The Iraqi interior minister arrived in Iran on Saturday for talks with Iranian officials, and was seen off officially on Monday evening by the governor general of Qasr-e-Shirin and a number of provincial officials before leaving for Iraq through the Khosravi Border.

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