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