Iran's ambassador to Baghdad, Iraj Masjedi, and the Iraqi Minister of Culture, Tourism, and Antiquities, Hassan Nazim Abdul Hammadi, stressed the need to strengthen cultural ties between the two countries.

Iran Press/Middle East: During a meeting on Wednesday, Masjedi announced that a large part of Iran's tourism potential is dedicated to receiving Iraqi citizens who travel to Iran for pilgrimage, tourism, medical and educational purposes, and the increase in public travel indicates good relations between the two neighboring countries.

Referring to Iran's readiness to sign a new memorandum of understanding on cultural affairs, he said that the Iranian side is ready to cooperate in the restoration of historical and archeological monuments in Iraq, holding cultural and handicraft exhibitions, film productions and making joint TV series.

The Iraqi Minister of Culture and Tourism also expressed satisfaction with the current trend of cooperation and cultural exchanges between the two countries and said that Baghdad is ready to further expand cultural ties and cooperation with Tehran.

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