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3/14/04

Iraq Governing Council delegation heads for Iran

Baghdad, March 13, IRNA -- A high-ranking delegation from the Iraq Governing Council left here for Tehran Saturday morning to discuss possible avenues for bolstering mutual ties.

The current president of the council, Mohammad Bahr al-Uloum, heads the delegation, comprising a number of Iraqi ministers. During its five-day stay in Iran, the Iraqi delegation is scheduled to meet with a number of senior Iranian officials.

Iranian Charge d'Affaires to Iraq Hassan Kazemi Qomi, who is accompanying the Iraqi delegation, said the visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation.

He said exchange of pilgrims for holy sites is among the most important issues to be discussed.

Kazemi Qomi noted that Iraq's minister of the interior and foreign minister are accompanying Bahr al-Uloum, saying the ministers would be conferring with their Iranian counterparts on security issues, foreign policy, regional and international developments.

The official termed this visit by the Iraqi delegation to Iran as important considering the recent domestic developments in that country which have great significance. An important development is the signing last week of the Iraqi interim constitution.

A high-ranking delegation of the Iraq Governing Council headed by the council's then president, Jalal Talabani, visited Iran in November 2003.

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