Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 4
By Emin Aliyev - Trend:
Iraq is expecting Azerbaijan's embassy to be opened in the country, Iraqi ambassador to Azerbaijan Heydar al-Barrak said at the first meeting of the intergovernmental commission on trade, economic, technological, education and agricultural cooperation today.
"The opening of Azerbaijan's embassy in Iraq would contribute to the further development of bilateral cooperation," the diplomat said.
"The parties are also interested in developing energy cooperation," he said.
"This could also include the exchange of experience, as well as students of the petroleum universities of both countries," he said.
The ambassador also stressed the increased trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Iraq.
"As of 2012, the trade turnover between the two countries amounted to around $418 million," he said. "This figure has recently seemed to me incredible. There are still unused areas where collaboration must be intensified."
The diplomat also drew attention to the growing number of requests for Iraqi visas.
"The embassy receives around 50-100 applications for visas to Iraq per month," he said.
"This figure does not include the number of pilgrims wishing to visit the holy places for Muslims. This testifies the fact that Azerbaijani businessmen are actively entering the Iraqi market."