Iraqi Deputy PM to Visit Iran

A04828512.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Barham Saleh is scheduled to arrive here in Tehran on Wednesday.

During the several-day-long visit, the Iraqi deputy prime minister, who will be accompanied by a delegation of government officials, is due to discuss bilateral relations, an official source in Saleh’s office revealed on Monday.

“Saleh will take up with Iranian officials relations between the two countries’ governments as well as the recent political and economic developments,” the source, who did not want his name revealed, told voice of Iraq.

The Iraqi delegation, comprising some ministers and senior government officials, is expected to discuss economic and trade agreements between the two sides and means to broaden vistas of cooperation in all important spheres, the source said.

Iran and Iraq signed the first memorandum of understanding between the two countries for cultural cooperation on July 30 this year.

The memo was signed by Mahdi Mustafawi, the Iranian president’s adviser, and Jabir al-Jaberi, the Iraqi deputy minister of culture.

Mustafawi told his Iraqi guest that he hoped the memo would reinforce cooperation between the Islamic republic and Iraq.

For his part, Jaberi expressed the Iraqi people’s wish “to strengthen ties with the Iranian people”.

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