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Iran, Iraq to study grounds for expansion of economic cooperation

7/31/04 Qasr-e Shirin, Kermanshah prov., July 31, IRNA -- Iran-Iraq Joint Economic Commission meeting will open in Tehran on Sunday, Iran's Charge d'Affaires to Baghdad Hassan Kazemi Qomi said on Saturday.

Speaking to IRNA, he said about 700 Iraqi officials and experts have entered the country to attend the three-day confab.

The topics on the agenda of the joint meeting will focus on further expansion of economic cooperation and benefiting from Iran's economic achievements in various sectors, he said.

A number of Iraqi officials from over 15 ministries, the country's economy minister along with all members of chambers of commerce will attend the economic gathering, he pointed out.

The confab will prepare a suitable grounds for the private sector to play a much more active role in promoting bilateral economic cooperation.

All Iraqi officials have called on the Islamic Republic of Iran to actively take part in Iraq's reconstruction, he underlined.

A high-ranking Iraqi political and economic delegation arrived in Iran through the Khosravi border town in the western Kermanshah province to attend the conference on Iran-Iraq economic cooperation.

The delegation includes deputy ministers of foreign affairs, finance, oil, water and housing as well as Baghdad mayor and heads of Iraqi chamber of commerce.

The Iraqi delegation was welcomed by deputy governor general of Kermanshah province for political and security affairs Abdol-Hossein Rahimi, Qasr-e Shirin governor and a number of local officials.

Iranian and Iraqi officials are to exchange views on bilateral cooperation within the framework of eight general meetings under the titles of banking cooperation, trade, industry and energy, construction affairs, agriculture and development of human resources and tourism.

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