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Ahmadinejad: No limit for Tehran-Baghdad cooperation expansion

Tehran, Feb 27, IRNA - Iranian and Iraqi officials started the first round of their talks in presence of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Iraqi counterpart Jalal Talabani in Tehran on Friday.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (left) and his Iraqi counterpart Jalal Talabani

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, Energy Minister Parviz Fattah, Minister of Housing and Urban Development Mohammad Saeedikia and Minister of Industries and Mines Ali-Akbar Mehrabian represent the Iranian side at the meeting.

President Ahmadinejad officially welcomed Talabani on Friday.

National anthems of Iran and Iraq were played in the welcoming ceremony as the two presidents reviewed the guard of honor.

Talabani arrived in Tehran late Thursday at the head of a politico-economic delegation and was welcomed by Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.

Some Iraqi ministers, including Ministers of Commerce, Power and Housing, and government officials accompany Talabani in the three-day visit. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Friday that Tehran considers no limit for expansion of cooperation with Baghdad.

Addressing Iranian and Iraqi senior officials' consultation meeting, which started immediately after official welcoming of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, President Ahmadinejad said, "Today, Iraqi nation takes important steps one after another for guaranteeing security and progress."

He said expansion of cooperation among regional states in different sectors, economic domain in particular, is of prime importance regarding ongoing global conditions.

"Quadrilateral cooperation among Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria is of extreme significance and basic pillar of sustainable security and promotion of fraternity," added Ahmadinejad.

The Iranian and Iraqi presidents in the meeting underlined all-out expansion of mutual cooperation and relations, saying there are proper grounds available for cooperation in the fields of politics, culture, military, security, higher education, energy, commerce, housing and transportation.

Talabani said political, security, military and cultural relations and cooperation between Iran and Iraq should be upgraded to the highest possible level.

"There is no impediment on the way of expansion of bilateral ties," said Talabani, adding that there are facilities and potential for maximum expansion of Tehran-Baghdad relations in line with interests of their nations.

While in Iran, Talabani will meet and confer with a number of senior Iranian officials, including President Ahmadinejad, the Experts Assembly Head and the Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani, and Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi.

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