Ahmadinejad: Iraq Visit a Long Stride towards Deepening of Ties

A02789045.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad described his today visit to Iraq as a long stride towards further deepening of ties between the two Muslim nations.

Speaking to reporters prior to his departure from Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport on Sunday, Ahmadinejad viewed Iran-Iraq relations as unique and special, and said, “The visit to Iraq aims to reinvigorate and consolidate (the two countries’) brotherly and friendly ties and render support to the integrity, mightiness and independence of the Iraqi nation.”

He also said that during his meetings with the Iraqi officials he would discuss cooperation in areas of “economy, transportation, trade and infrastructure”.

“The talks will center on political issues, common interests, (establishment of) sustainable peace and security in the region, and enhancement of security, independence and reconstruction of Iraq,” Ahmadinejad said.

“This visit will benefit all and anyone thinking of peace and cooperation among regional states welcomes it,” he added.

To conclude his remarks, the president expressed the hope that his today visit to Baghdad would open new horizons for relations of the two countries and the region.

The Iranian president left Tehran Sunday morning on a two-day state visit to Baghdad at the invitation of his Iraqi counterpart Jalal Talabani.

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