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Tehran, Baghdad municipalities to expand mutual cooperation

Baghdad, Feb 25, IRNA - Tehran's Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf conferred in Baghdad on Monday with Mayor of Baghdad Sabir al-Isawi on expansion of mutual cooperation between the two capital cities.

At the meeting, the two mayors signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on expansion of municipal cooperation and urban development between the two cities.

Speaking to reporters at the signing ceremony, the Baghdad mayor called the MoU as very significant and said the agreement is considered as executive cooperation between the capitals of two Islamic states.

The two sides are committed to cooperate in training field, exchange of experiences and implementation of infrastructure projects in both cities, said the Iraqi mayor.

The MoU urges the two sides to set up joint companies to implement huge projects in both cities, he pointed out.

Iranian companies are determined to help Baghdad Municipality to improve city standards and meet public interests, said Tehran's mayor.

Removal of hectic red tapes could help improve cooperation between the two cities, Qalibaf said.

Improving the current security status of Iraq would help broaden cooperation between Iraqi and Iranian companies, he said.

Iran is determined to support Iraqi democratic government, he said.

Improving the security of the city would help Iranian companies render better services, he pointed out.

The Baghdad mayor predicted that the MoU would be implemented within the next three weeks.

He expressed the hope that cooperation with Tehran would turn into a model for other Islamic countries to contribute to Iraq's reconstruction.

Baghdad Municipality has allocated dlrs three billion to implementation of infrastructure projects in the city and that is why it seeks assistance from Iranian companies, he said.

Qalibaf during his stay in Iraq met with high ranking Iraqi officials on expansion of ties and cooperation between the two sides.

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