Iraq explores investment in Iran's Kish: Ambassador
Iraq's Ambassador to Iran said that his country is interested in economic cooperation with Iran and is considering investment in the southern Kish island.
Iran Press/Iran news: "Kish Island has valuable capabilities for investment and if direct flights between Kish and Iraq cities be launched, more tourists from Iraq will travel to Kish Island for fun, travel, and investment," Saad Abdul Wahab Jawad Qandil said on Monday in a meeting with Gholam Hossein Mozaffari chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kish Free Zone Organization.
He emphasized that the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Kish administration and Iraq and launching flight between Kish and the cities of Basra, Erbil, Baghdad and Najaf is very effective in expanding tourism between Kish and Iraq, IRNA reported.
The Iraqi ambassador citing earlier remarks by Iran's Leader about development of relations between Iran and Iraq due to religious, cultural and economic ties, said the recent visit of the Iranian President to Iraq has been the basis for expansion of cooperation between the two countries.
Abdul Wahab Qandil noted that increased exchanges and cooperation between the free zones and the industrial zones of Iran and Iraq, along with the establishment of joint industrial and free zones between the two countries, were among other agreed subjects in meetings of senior officials of the two countries.
Gholam Hossein Mozaffari chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kish Free Zone Organization said in the meeting that Kish Island is an ideal destination for tourists, especially in the tourism sector of Halal and Health Tourism.
"As a Muslim and neighboring country, Iraq, through its religious, economic and cultural ties, can expand trade and tourism partnerships with Kish," Mozaffari said.
Mozafari stressed that establishing direct flights between Kish and Iraqi cities is necessity for development of relations.
Kish Island is one of the most attractive tourist sites in the Persian Gulf in southern Iran and a pioneer in tourism industry in the country. It is also among the top tourist destinations for planning and investment.
With about 26,000 residents, the island attracts nearly 1 million visitors each year. 101/211/201