Iraqi Shiite leader on Iran visit

Iran Materials 13 June 2006 11:43 (UTC +04:00)

(IranMania) - Iraqi Shiite leader Abdel Aziz al-Hakim was due to arrive in Tehran for talks with Iranian officials, his son and close aide Mohsen Hakim told AFP.

Hakim is the leader of the Supreme Council of Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), the main party in Iraq's Shiite United Iraqi Alliance, the largest parliamentary bloc in the country, reports Trend.

Mohsen Hakim gave no further details on the visit, the report added.

SCIRI was based in Iran during Saddam Hussein's rule, and ties between Iran and Iraq, who fought a 1980-1988 war, have improved dramatically since the rise to power of Iraq's long disenfranchised Shiite majority.

Iraqi Vice President Adel Abdel Mahdi also arrived in Iran on Friday, and a source said he was trying to help mediate an end to Iran's nuclear crisis in talks with top Iranian national security official Ali Larijani.