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Iran, Iraq economic ties rated lowest in recent century

Head of Iran's Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines Ali-Naqi Khamoushi on Tuesday said that due to interference of colonial powers in regional affairs, economic ties between Iran and Iraq are at the lowest possible level in the past century, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Speaking at the joint meeting of business persons from Iran and Iraqi, he added that colonial powers have been attempting to undermine political and economic relations between the two neighboring states.

Turning to the limited economic exchanges among regional states as one of the problems currently facing the Middle East, he said to be able to get over political turmoil, they should improve their relations.

"Iran is bent upon taking measures to improve its relations with regional countries. However, the facts about Iraq and its current situation should first be taken into consideration," he added.

Calling on Iraqi businessmen, the official said given the Iranians have been through great difficulties after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, they are prepared to put their experience at the disposal of the Iraqi nation.

He announced the readiness of Iranian tradesmen to establish new plants in Iraq and said this will be to their advantage given the lower cost of implementing them by using Iran's facilities.

Khamoushi said, "Given that Iraq is not a poor country, Iranian tradesmen will not risk exporting low-quality goods to its market."

Calling on Iranian businessmen, he said, "Iraq's market is quite different from those of Afghanistan and the Central Asian states. Therefore, products of the highest quality should be exported to the country," he added.

The official called on Iraq's government and Iraqi diplomats in Iran to facilitate the issue of business visas for Iranian tradesmen wishing to visit the country.

He declared Iran's readiness to participate in building accommodations in Iraq's holy cities to facilitate the pilgrimage of Iranian citizens.

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