Mar 09, 2019 14:18 Asia/Tehran

Iranian President has hoped that relations between Iran and Iraq would become a model for relations in the region.

Iran Press/Iran news: Speaking with the new ambassador of Iraq to Tehran on Saturday while receiving his letter of credence, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated that there are ample potentials for further development of relations between Tehran and Baghdad.

Stating that the interest of the people of both countries in each other is an asset for the development and deepening of relations, president Rouhani said: “The Islamic Republic of Iran has been, and will be, alongside the people and government of Iraq in all sad and happy events," Iran Press reported.

The President also went on to refer to his upcoming visit to Iraq and expressed hope that good agreements will be reached for further cementing of relations.

The new ambassador of Iraq to Tehran, Abdul-Rahman Saad Jawad Qandeel  presented his letter of credence to president Rouhani and said, “Iran is a very important country, as far as Iraq is concerned, and we are working hard to further develop Tehran-Baghdad relations”.

“In Iraq, everything is ready for the Iranian President’s visit to Baghdad, and we hope that this visit’s agreements serve as an important step for deepening of ties,” he added.

Iran-Iraq Relations

On Mar. 08, Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Iraqi counterpart discussed the latest bilateral cooperation before President Rouhani's  March 11 visit to Baghdad.

Currently, the political and economic relations between Iran and Iraq are at an excellent level, and Iraq imports natural gas for its power plants from Iran.

Iran is Iraq's top trading partner, with the volume of Tehran-Baghdad trade reaching about $12 billion, according to Iraqi officials.

The two countries are currently working on the supply of Iranian natural gas to the Sadr neighborhood of Baghdad, and al-Mansuriya power plants through a 270-kilometer pipeline and to Basra near the Iranian border via a separate pipeline.

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