Vice President: Iran will spare no effort to help Iraq
Iran's First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi has stressed the importance of improving relations with Iraq, stressing Tehran will spare no effort to help Baghdad to make progress, Press TV reported with reference to ISNA.
"The Islamic Republic is ready to transfer its experience in all fields to Iraq," said Rahimi in a meeting with Iraqi Oil Minister Abdul Kareem Luaiby and Minister of Electricity Ra'd Shalal in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Wednesday.
He called on Iranian and Iraqi officials to increase exchange of visits and implement agreements already signed between the two countries.
The two countries should make the utmost use of opportunities and capabilities, Rahimi emphasized.
The Iranian official pointed to Iraq's great oil reserves and expressed hope that the resources would be utilized to improve the living standard of the Iraqi people.
The Iraqi oil minister, for his part, hoped the two countries would adopt constructive measures to enhance oil cooperation.
Luaiby pointed out that the implementation of joint projects between the two countries would be a step towards a stable, secure and advanced Iraq and called on Iranian firms to enhance activities in Iraq.
Shalal, for his part, praised close and broad cooperation between Iran and Iraq and called on Tehran to transfer its expertise to Baghdad to help resolve electricity problems in the war-ravaged country.