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7/17/05

Iran, Iraq sign transportation cooperation agreement

Tehran, July 17, IRNA-Iran and Iraq signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Tehran on Sunday on expansion of rail, road, air and sea transportation between the two countries.

Iran's Minister of Transportation Mohammad Rahmati and his Iraqi counterpart Salam al-Maliki signed the MoU.

At the meeting, the Iranian minister said the MoU has placed emphasis on promotion of mutual cooperation in the fields of transportation, transit of goods and tourism between the two countries.


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Referring to the deeply rooted commonalties between the two nations, he said the two sides' officials have agreed to remove visas requirement for drivers working for international companies engaged in transit of goods and passengers between the two countries.

Since the Iraqi side is to make use of Iranian ports for transit of goods in the long run, it is advisable to invest in Iran's transit sector and establish terminals for transit of goods at Imam Khomeini port, he said.

Underlining the need for expansion of air transport cooperation between Iran and Iraq, he said upon the proposal made by Iraqi experts, Iran will help Iraqi side handle passenger flights and reconstruct Najaf airport, he said.

The MoU urges expansion of transportation between the two countries, he said adding that it gives Iranian experts enough chance to play a significant role in implementing the country's development projects and help connect Khosravi with Khorramshahr through rail tracks.

The Iranian side has agreed to hold marine training courses and issue relative certificates to sailors, he said.

Expansion of economic, cultural and political cooperation between Iran and Iraq would be to the benefit of both nations, said the Iraqi minister.

The MoU is to facilitate exchange of goods as well as transit of pilgrims who wish to pay pilgrimage to the holy shrines in Iraq, he pointed out.

Underlining the implementation of clauses pertaining to the MoU, he expressed the hope to witness further expansion of mutual cooperation between the two sides.

Iraq welcomes the capabilities of Iranian experts in reconstruction of Najaf international airport and wish to witness conduction of flights at the airport, he said.

The Iraqi minister underlined the need to make use of Iranian ports and underlined that the Iraqi government would like to benefit from Iranian ports for imports of goods to the country.

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