Iran, Iraq to play more major intlernational roles

Iran Materials 4 July 2011 23:26 (UTC +04:00)

Iran's First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi says with closer ties Tehran and Baghdad can play more constructive roles in regional and international spheres.

In a meeting with visiting Iraqi Finance Minister Rafie al-Issawi in Tehran on Monday, Rahimi said the two neighboring states could play a significant and decisive role in regional and international decision-making through solidarity and cooperation, IRNA reported.

He added that the Islamic Republic of Iran has made many important achievements in various fields over the past few years, and is prepared to transfer its experience to Iraq.

Iran's first vice president also noted that there is no impediment on the way of expansion of reciprocal ties between Teheran and Baghdad.

Issawi, for his part, expressed hope that a number of definitive agreements would be drafted by Iraqi officials prior to Rahimi's visit to his country.

The Iraqi finance minister also called for the removal of existing obstacles on the way of further development of Iraq-Iran ties. He also called on Iranian companies to grasp opportunities for joint cooperation and investment in Iraq.

The Iranian First Vice President is scheduled to travel to Baghdad on Wednesday to sign several Memoranda of Understanding in various grounds.

Iran and Iraq are trying to further develop ties following the fall of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003.