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Iran, Iraq issue communique at end of Ahmadinejad's state visit

Tehran, March 4, IRNA - Islamic Republic of Iran and Republic of Iraq issued a joint communique at the end of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's two-day state visit of Iraq on Monday.

The IRI President's Office faxed the text of the communique to IRNA, that partly reads, "In the framework of the friendly relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Iraq, in response to an invitation extended by Iraq's President Jalal Talabani, he Islamic Republic of Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad officially visited the Republic of Iraq on March 2nd and 3rd atop a high ranking IRI delegation."

The communique notes that President Ahmadinejad met and conferred with his counterpart President Talabani, the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maleki, and the head of the Supreme Iraqi Council Abdel Aziz Hakim.

The other Iraqi dignitaries that held talks with the visiting Iranian President separately, in accordance with the communique, included heads and members of the parliamentary fractions, ambassadors of foreign countries in Iraq, heads of Iraqi universities and religious Alims, prominent personalities and tribal chiefs, and heads of literary and artistic unions.

The communique then focuses on agreements reached, memoranda of understanding and cooperation protocols signed between the two countries in various fields, including the need to improve comprehensive relations and cooperation in political, economic, security, oil, industrial, and cultural fields, and the need to eliminate the entire obstacles in the way of expanding such ties.

On cooperation in oil and gas fields, the two sides have agreed to take joint advantage of shared oil and gas fields in accordance with the international rules and regulations.

The Iraqi side has appreciated Iran for allocation of a one billion US dollar loan to assist the Iraqi economy in various infrastructure fields, with easy pay back conditions.

The two sides have agreed to back up the ongoing bilateral talks on promoting shared investments.

Iran has once again stressed the need for strengthening national unity and territorial integrity of Iraq, voicing full support for Prime Minister Maleki's national reconciliation plan, aimed at encouraging the presence of Iraqis of all walks of life in the political process of the country.

The two sides denounced all types of terrorism against the human beings, economic centers, state facilities and religious centers in Iraq. Islamic Republic of Iran also voiced full support for the Iraqi Government and nation's resolute will to continue their all-out campaign against terrorist and criminal activities.

Both sides were agreed on the need for cooperation between the two countries' security organizations in order to fight against terrorism.

Iran and Iraq were both pleased with the current state of pilgrimage affairs in one another's countries, while stressing the need for presenting better services to pilgrims and increasing their number in the future.

The two sides were agreed on the need to take advantage of all methods to ensure security on shared borders, that Iran and Iraq would like to call "Peace and Friendship Borders", so that the terrorists, arms and narcotics smugglers, etc. would not be able to pass through them, causing problems for the two countries.

Both countries stressed the need for reconstruction of Iraq, considering it as an important precondition for restoration of security and stability both in Iraq and in the region. Iraq welcomed Iran's announcement of readiness to assist Baghdad in that regard.

The two sides stressed need for peaceful dialogue and refraining from resorting to military power as the only way to solve bilateral, regional and international disputes.

The two sides stressed the importance of strengthening harmony between the two countries and to pursue the proper implementation of reached agreements in meetings among Iraq's neighbors.

The two sides surveyed the latest developments in the Middle East, the devastating massacre of Palestinians in Gaza, and condemned the entire moves leading to sacrificing the innocent individuals and civilians, asking for forwarding all types of possible assistance for the Palestinians and ending the Zionists' siege of their territories.

President Ahmadinejad at the end appreciated the warm and brotherly hospitality of President Talabani, Prime Minister al-Maleki, and the Esteemed Iraqi Government and nation.

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