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Iran, Iraq sign agreement on visa to pilgrims, businessmen

Tehran, April 7, IRNA-Iraq's Deputy Foreign Minister Sa'd al-Hayani conferred in Tehran on Thursday with Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi on expansion of mutual cooperation.

Al-Hayani said the two sides enjoy deeply rooted cultural and religious ties.

The Iraqi envoy said Iraq is determined to help Iranian people and pilgrims through implementation of mutual accord.

Iraqi new government is to broaden ties with Iran, he said and lauded the efforts of the Iranian government for helping development in the war-shattered Iraq.

Iraq is to attend the upcoming meeting with its neighbors and is determined to further broaden cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran, he said.

The documents which are to be signed during the visit would help boost cultural and religious cooperation between the two nations and governments, he pointed out.

Kharrazi, for his part, expressed satisfaction with the current level of relations between the two countries and congratulated Iraqi people over democratic election held in the country.

He hoped to witness a stable and developed Iraq under wisdom of Iraqi people and statesmen.

The Islamic Republic of Iran and Iraq play a very pivotal role in the region, he said adding that during Saddam rule the two sides suffered a devastating relations but today the two countries should make good on the losses.

Both Iranian and Iraqi people love pilgrimage to holy shrines and the current documents which are to be signed by the two countries officials would serve to meet the people expectations, he pointed out.

At the end of the visit of Iraqi official to Iran, two consular documents on despatch of pilgrims and provision of facilities between businessmen and industrialists were signed by al-Hayani and Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi.

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