(IranMania) - Iran said that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is planning to visit neighboring Iraq in what would be the first such trip since the 1979 Islamic revolution, AFP reported.
"The trip to Iraq is on Dr Ahmadinejad's agenda, but no fixed date has been decided," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters, following a media report last week about a possible visit, reports Trend.
Asefi said the trip would be aimed at "boosting bilateral relations" and that regional and international topics would also be discussed.
However, a source in Ahmadinejad's office told AFP it "will not take place in the near future."
Iran and Iraq were at war from 1980 to 1988, but the US-led ouster of Saddam Hussein in 2003 has seen a cautious improvement in ties, despite some Iraqi officials accusing Tehran of meddling.
Baghdad's new government is dominated by Shiites who were also backed by Tehran during Saddam's rule as well as Kurdish figures like President Jalal Talabani.
Former foreign minister Kamal Kharazi visited Iraq in May 2005, and his successor Manouchehr Mottaki went there last month. Talabani has also visited Iran several times since Saddam's ouster, and was last in Tehran in November.