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Iran renews interest in trade with Iraq

Baghdad, July 17, IRNA-Iran's trade attache in Iraq, Janali Halvaei, said top-level Iranian officials are seeking greater involvement of Iran's private sector in the Iraqi market.

Speaking to IRNA on Monday, he added that Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Seyyed Ali Khemenei, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Commerce Minister Masoud Mir-Kazemi are keen to develop economic ties with Iraq.

"The Iranian government is a natural participant in the reconstruction of Iraq. However, private sector participation is in dire need of support," he said.

Referring to his recent meeting with Iraqi officials in the oil, housing and reconstruction as well as tourism and historical monuments sectors, he pointed out that Iranian private investors in these sectors have more expertise and capabilities than their government counterparts.

Halvaei noted that Iraq's oil sector, especially its oil and gas industries, were very dilapidated, and voiced Iran's readiness to renew contracts and resume deliveries of oil and gas to Iraq.

Referring to a four-year housing project of Iraq to build 2.5-3 million residential houses, he said Iran's private sector was ready to help Iraqis materialize the project.

On tourism cooperation between the two Muslim countries, he voiced the interest of Iranians in participating in the repair and reconstruction work on historical monuments of Iraq damaged by wars and the elements in recent years.

Referring to the age-old historical relations between Iran and Iraq, the ancient Mesopotamia, he described Iraq's monumental places as of great historical importance and called for efforts to preserve them much like the great monuments of Iran in ancient history.

Halvaei further said that Iran's private sector had the genuine desire to help Iraqis reconstruct their country.

"We are determined to bring delegations from Iraq's ministries to Iran to familiarize them with the capabilities of the Iranian private sector," he said.

Iran, next to the United Arab Emirates, is currently Iraq's largest trading partner, their trade volume valued at 11 billion dollars.

Iranian manufactured tractors to capture Afghanistan's market

Kabul, July 16, IRNA-A Iranian economic delegation arrived here Sunday in Kabul to conduct market survey for large-scale sales of Iranian manufactured tractors.

Representative from Iran's Tractor Manufacturing Company Darband Azar told reporters that the Iranian economic delegation is to meet officials from Afghan ministries of commerce, agriculture and finance to pave the way for export of Iranian made tractors to Afghanistan.

In the first phase of such contract, some 2,000 tractors are to be exported to Afghanistan on an installment basis, he said.

Most Afghan farmers use traditional equipment and tools which do not meet the demand of ever increasing population in the country

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