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Iraqi premier in Tehran on unofficial visit

TEHRAN, May 30 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki arrived here on Saturday to visit top Iraqi political leader Abdul Aziz al-Hakim who is hospitalized in Tehran. Al-Hakim is under treatment for his lung cancer after he gave up a 30-year smoking habit in 2008.

He is the leader of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq which is the largest political party in the Iraqi Council of Representatives.

Iran's Foreign Minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, who was also present in the hospital, called for unity within the United Iraqi Alliance and between all Iraqi factions.

The United Iraqi Alliance led by Hakim is a Shia coalition which grabbed most votes in the Iraqi elections of January 2005 and December 2005.

Iran, Iraq review small scale industries co-op

BAGHDAD, May 30 (Mehr News Agency) - Iranian Cooperatives Minister Mohammad Abbasi is in Baghdad to discuss ways to expand relations with Iraq, particularly in the field of small scale industries.

According to IRIB, the sides will also negotiate setting up permanent exhibitions in Iraq specialized in offering products of Iranian cooperatives.

Iran is willing to provide Iraq with the required expertise to establish cooperatives, the minister said.

Iranian products fair opens in Iraq's Suleimaniya

TEHRAN, May 29 (Mehr News Agency) - An exhibition of Iranian-made goods opened in Iraq's northern city of Suleimaniya on Thursday and will go on for four days. 215 Iranian companies are showcasing their products at the fair in the fields of industry, agriculture, services, and healthcare, according to the Mehr News Agency.

Iran-Iraq transactions between Iran and Iraq reached $4.5b in 2008. The Islamic Republic of Iran has held 10 specialized exhibitions in Iraq.

Iran, Iraq, Turkey sign power MOU

BAGHDAD, May 29 (Mehr News Agency) - Iranian Minister of Energy Parviz Fattah, Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz, and Iraqi Minister of Electricity Kareem Waheed al-Aboudi inked an MOU on Wednesday at the end of their first regional power conference held in Baghdad. According to the MOU, the three countries agreed to bolster cooperation in the power and electricity field and link their national power grids to one another and Syria, IRNA reported on Wednesday.

The Iraqi minister stated the four countries aimed at connecting their power networks to the Persian Gulf littoral states, the Central Asian nations, and to European countries in the long run.

According to Fattah Iran has already linked its power networks with Azerbaijan, Armenia and Turkmenistan.

The next meeting in this regard will be held in Ankara six months from now and will be attended by Iranian, Turkish, Iraqi and Syrian energy ministers.

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