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Iran, Iraq call for expansion of energy cooperation

Tehran, Feb 5, IRNA - The Iranian and Iraqi energy ministers here on Tuesday underlined the need for expansion of cooperation in energy field.

Iraqi Minister of Electricity Karim Wahid Hassan, who is in Tehran at the head of a delegation for talks with Iranian officials, in a meeting with Iranian Energy Minister Parviz Fattah, called on Iran to increase cooperation and investment in the field of power and energy in Iraq.

The two sides mulled implementation of joint projects on transmission of power between Abadan and Harese as well as Kermanshah and Diyala besides construction of a gas power plant in Sadr city.

At the end of the three-day visit, the Iraqi delegation held discussions with Iranian president and his deputy for executive affairs.

The Iraqi side also called for expansion of bilateral cooperation in all fields particularly in energy sector.

The Iraqi energy minister and his companions underscored the need for participation of Iranian private companies and contractors in Iraqi development projects.

Iraqi trade delegation in Iran

Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, Feb 5, IRNA - An Iraqi trade delegation arrived in Ahvaz to discuss ways to expand trade between the two countries.

Adviser to Iranian Embassy in Baghdad told IRNA that the Iraqi delegation is on a visit to Iran at the invitation of Khuzestan province's Commerce Organization.

"The visit aimed to boost trade and help remove the impediments in this respect." Mehdi Nejatnia said that coordination has been made to dispatch a group of businessmen from Kermanshah province to Iraq on February 16.

"In their four-day stay in Iraq, the Iranian delegation will review the trade and marketing opportunities in holy Najaf, Karbala, and Baghdad."

Provincial officials in charge of commerce and foreign trade development from East Azarbaijan, West Azarbaijan, Ilam, Kurdestan, Kermanshah and Khuzestan provinces will hold talks with the 20-member Iraqi delegation.

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