Iran, Iraq Agree to Restore Border Posts

A02982921.jpgTEHRAN (FNA) – Iranian and Iraqi officials have agreed to restore border posts ahead of the Iranian president’s first state visit.

Foreign Ministry officials from Iraq and Iran have agreed to jointly restore border posts to improve security along the border.

The agreement, signed in Tehran, would also restore some mechanisms of a 1975 border treaty meant to settle disputes over border territory. No details were given on what parts of the treaty would be restored or when.

The treaty, known as the Algiers Accord, was unsuccessful at preventing the former Iraqi dictator from waging a US-provoked and supported eight-year war on Iran that killed hundreds of thousands.

Speaking to reporters in Tehran, Muhammed Haj Hamood, head of the Iraqi delegation, said that the two sides have signed an agreement to start the process of resolving the border problem.

Hamood said rebuilding the checkpoints and guard centers on the border will be helpful to resolving other problems between Iraq and Iran. He hinted that oil wealth along the border was one of those problems, saying both countries know where their respective oil fields are.

The agreement comes ahead of Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visit to Iraq scheduled for March 2. The visit will mark a turning point in relations between the two countries.

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