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Iran plays a decisive role in reconstruction of Iraq

A member of the Iraqi delegation attending the meeting on Iraq's reconstruction in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, said that Iran's role in the reconstruction of Iraq and promotion of stability and security there is pivotal, IRNA reported.

Iraq's Kurdistan provincial Minister of Communication and Cooperation Abdul-Razzaq Aziz Mirza told IRNA that Iran can play a central role in the reconstruction of neighboring Iraq by participating in and encouraging other states to take similar measures.

He reiterated that Iraq currently needs the support of regional states, in particular that of Iran, to establish stability and security as well as to be able to play its role in the international community.

"Meetings between Iranian and Iraqi officials can pave the way for reinforcement of mutual ties, particularly in the trade and economic fields.

"Given the age-old history of relations as well as cultural nd trade commonalties between the two neighboring nations, Iran can review its intention to ask for compensation on the damages inflicted by the Iraqi-imposed war launched by Iraq's former dictatorial regime," he added.

Mirza noted that Iraq brought up its urgent requirements, particularly in the field of training and education, water and power at the Abu Dhabi meeting.

"Reconstruction of the country and re-establishment of stability and security there would certainly leave a positive impact on the security and stability of the region and neighboring countries," he said.

The two-day meeting on Iraq's reconstruction attended by representatives of donor countries and international agencies ended in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

The meeting was attended by 40 states including the US, Japan, EU member states, representatives of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Arab Monetary Fund (AMF), Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and the Arab League.

Iran, South Korea jointly reconstruct Iraq, Afghanistan

Iran's Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines (ICCIM) and the South Korean International Society of Contractors signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Tehran on Sunday for the reconstruction of the war-shattered countries of Iraq and Afghanistan, IRNA reported.

According to the Public Relations Department of the ICCIM, the MoU was signed by ICCIM's deputy chairman Fereydoun Entezari and head of the Korean society.

The MoU will bring closer Iranian and South Korean companies which play an active role in the construction of buildings in Iraq and Afghanistan, Entezari said.

He called the active Iranian and South Korean companies to jointly invest in the sector, adding that there are ample untapped grounds for mutual cooperation in shipbuilding as well as oil and gas industries.

He called for the creation of various stations along the North-South Corridor to facilitate maintenance and service of transit trucks.

The South Korean contractor, for his part, underlined his country's willingness to broaden economic cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The MoU is considered as a stride in bringing much the companies of the two sides companies in reconstructing Iraq and Afghanistan, he pointed out.

South Korean contractors are very eager to participate in the reconstruction projects in the Islamic Republic of Iran as well, he said.

Iran and South Korea can play a very active role in the reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan, he concluded.

... Payvand News - 2/29/04 ... --

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