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Tehran-Baghdad municipalities agree on 4 working expert groups

BAGHDAD, Feb. 23 (Mehr News Agency) - Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf on Saturday announced that Tehran and Baghdad municipalities are discussing the establishment of four joint working groups. The working committees were suggested by Tehran mayor.

"In the first round of negotiations, we identified technical issues of the city, and through the working groups we will follow the issues," Qalibaf told the Mehr News Agency after a meeting with Baghdad Mayor Sabir Al-Isawi.

The first round of talks was held Friday night at Baghdad's Al-Mansour Hotel.

"We proposed the establishment of four expert groups in engineering, traffic and urban transportation, urban services, as well as educational and cultural services which were welcome by Iraqi side."

Calling Iraq a rich country, he said, "Iraq has no financial problem, all it needs are technical contribution, investment, consultation by our companies, and (involvement of) private sector."

Tehran mayor left Iran Friday to pay a visit to Iraq.

Qalibaf also held talks with Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Saturday afternoon in which the Iraqi side sought Iran's technical assistance in rebuilding Baghdad.

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