Source: Fars News Agency
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani in a meeting with his Iranian
counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad praised Iran's role in the establishment of
security and stability in his war-ravaged country.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran has always been on the side of the Iraqi nation and sought security and integrity of our country," Talabani said in the meeting held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York Sunday night.
Expressing pleasure over the growing trend of ties between Iran and Iraq, he reiterated that Baghdad is seeking to exhaust all the existing potentials in promoting its bilateral relations with Tehran.
Talebani (r) with Ahmadinejad (file photo)
Ahmadinejad, for his part, underlined the necessity for the
establishment of security and stability in Iraq, and expressed the hope that a
legal government would be formed in the country soon.
He also stressed an increase in the level of regional cooperation between the two sides, and said that the growing trend in the development of ties between Iran and Iraq serves the interests of both nations as well as the regional peace and security.
Iran and Iraq have enjoyed growing ties ever since the overthrow of the former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, during the 2003 US invasion of the Muslim country.
Both sides are working on a series of plans to take a wide stride in the expansion of their ties, in economic fields in particular.
Chairman of Iran's Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani had informed last year that impediments to the expansion of Iran-Iraq ties had been removed and the two nations could promote cooperation to further bolster their bilateral ties.
Also in April, Iranian First Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi underlined the necessity for the expansion of economic exchanges between Tehran and Baghdad.
Speaking at meeting of Iran-Iraq joint economic cooperation committee here in Tehran, Rahimi said that the volume of economic exchanges between Tehran and Baghdad does not match the existing capacities of the two countries, and underlined the necessity for the further expansion of economic cooperation between the two neighboring countries.
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