TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iran’s president and Iraq’s prime minister in a meeting in Tehran emphasized the necessity for the implementation of the agreements that the two neighbors have recently signed for cooperation in various fields.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi in Tehran on Saturday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said they have discussed ways to carry out all of the bilateral agreements signed during his March visit to Baghdad.
The first agreement that has come into effect was issuing entry visa for the nationals of the two countries free of charge, Rouhani noted, hoping that it would bring the two nations closer together.
He also expressed hope that implementation of an agreement on dredging the Arvand River and another deal on linking the railroad networks of the two countries would begin after the holy month of Ramadan.
“The (Iranian) export of power and gas to Iraq will continue and (export of oil will begin) in future,” the president added.
Hailing the fruitful measures that Iran and Iraq have taken in the past months to boost monetary and banking relations, Rouhani expressed hope that a future visit to Iraq by the governor of the Central Bank of Iran would help accelerate the process.
Abdul-Mahdi arrived in Iran on Saturday for an official visit.
It comes less than a month after Rouhani paid a visit to Iraq with a big political and business delegation and signed several agreements with the neighboring nation.
It was Rouhani’s first official visit to Iraq during his tenure.