Mar 14, 2019 07:10 Asia/Tehran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his visit to Iraq was a turning point in bilateral relations between Tehran and Baghdad.

Iran Press/Iran news: President Hassan Rouhani described his visit to Iraq a turning point in Tehran-Baghdad relations, hoping that decisions made during the trip would be beneficial for both nations.

Upon arrival in Mehrabad Airport late on Wednesday, he added, "During the visit, I almost visited all the Iraqi officials and discussed major issues with them," IRNA reported.
"During my meetings with Iraqi officials, the 1975 Treaty, the dredging of Arvand river (Arvand Roud) and provision of easy no-charge visas were discussed," Hassan Rouhani said.
"We discussed cooperation on reducing trade tariffs as well as the establishment of industrial hi-tech townships on the Iran-Iraq border," he said, noting that very good agreements were signed in the fields of energy, electricity, oil, and gas.

President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, made a pilgrimage to the holy city of Najaf and Imam Ali’s (PBUH) holy shrine.
Noting that Iraq is Iran’s first export center in the world, Rouhani said the two countries have close trade relations and everything is set for easing of issuance of trade visas.
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Referring to the signing of five cooperation deals between the two countries during his Baghdad visit, President Rouhani said Iraqi officials are keen to broaden their ties with Iran.

President Rouhani paid an official three-day visit to neighboring Iraq at the official invitation of his Iraqi counterpart, Barham Salih and Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi.

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The Iranian President held talks with his Iraqi counterpart Barham Salih, speaker of the Iraqi parliament and other senior Iraqi officials.

President Rouhani also met the great Shia scholar and source of emulation, Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Ali al-Sistani in the holy city of Najaf on the last day of his visit.

The signing of several Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) including Iraqi's agreement to issue visas for Iranians free of charge, and also five economic and trade pacts inked between the two countries were among the achievements of Rouhani's visit to Baghdad.


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