(IRNA) - Iran and Iraq by signing an MoU here decided to expand cooperation in the fields of air, land and sea transportation.
In the signing ceremony, Iran's Minister of Road and
Transportation Mohammad Rahmati said, "Iran will try to expand bilateral cooperation with Iraq in the fields of air, land and sea transportation."
Referring to the commonalities between the two countries, Rahmati said any kind of activity to facilitate transportation will benefit Iran and Iraq's economies.
The Iranian minister also asked for immediate release of Iranian seized vessel in Iraq.
An Iranian cargo ship has been seized in Iraq since last month, reports Trend.
Iraqi Minister without portfolio in National Security and Acting Minister of Transportation Shervan al-Veali, for his part, said Iraqi transportation facilities with almost one century age are among the oldest structures in the country which need improvement and renovation, reports Trend.
Referring to Iran's abilities in the field of transportation, the Iraqi official said cooperation with Iran has been on the top of our agenda and we really want to use Iranian experiences and abilities.
He added Iraq will give priority to the Iranian firms for investment, because the Iranian companies have good experiences in the fields of transportation.
In a brief press conference, Iranian minister replying to a question by a reporter concerning the Iranian cargo vessel which has been seized in Umm-qasr port said, the ship was carrying car spare parts and the owner of the cargo will present necessary explanation to Iraqi officials.