Iran Opens Permanent Expo in Iraq’s Capital City

Iran Opens Permanent Expo in Iraq’s Capital City
TEHRAN - The Permanent Exhibition of Iran in Iraq officially opened in the capital city of Baghdad, welcoming Iraqi customers and clients to get familiar with Iranian products, services, and achievements.

ImanNews.com - Iran’s deputy ambassador in Iraq Mousa Alizadeh Tabatabaei, Iraq’s Deputy Trade Minister Walid Habib al-Mousavi and a number of Iranian and Iraqi economic activists were present in the inauguration ceremony on Monday.

The center is Iran’s first ever permanent exhibition center abroad.

One specialized exhibition on different areas is to be held every week.

The center will help introduce the products and achievements of Iranian companies to Iraqi customers, and pave the way for further cooperation between Tehran and Baghdad, and help marketing in the neighboring country.

Iran and Iraq are determined to expand their economic cooperation, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in his last week visit to the Arab country, at the head of a big economic delegation, sat in three important event on developing trade between the Tehran and Iraq.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Ali Al-hakim said on January 09 that his country is "not obliged" to abide by sanctions imposed by the US against Iran and would be pursuing options to continue trade.

He added that the sanctions against Iran were 'unilateral, not international' and could be bypassed

On December 28, Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad Iraj Masjedi, in a meeting with former Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, voiced Tehran’s readiness to expand bilateral ties with the Arab neighbor in all areas, asserting that the Islamic Republic will continue helping Iraq’s reconstruction.

Bilateral cooperation and the regional development were other topics discussed between al-Abadi and Masjedi.

In the meantime, Masjedi expressed Iran's support for Iraq during the reconstruction era.

“Iran is ready for cooperation with Iraq in all fields,” the Iranian diplomat reassured.

On December 26, Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian announced his country's preparedness to participate in projects to reconstruct Iraq after the devastating war launched by the US and its allies against the country.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to participate in reconstruction of Iraq, in particular, in infrastructural projects, Ardakanian told reporters upon arrival in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad on Wednesday.

Meantime, Iraqi Electricity Minister Luay al-Khateeb called for the development of relations with Iran, saying that Iraq is interested in cooperation with all countries, in particular, Iran.

He referred to the growing population in Iraq, and noted that Baghdad is thirsty for energy as a pre-condition to its development.

In relevant remarks earlier this month, Iraqi Minister of Construction and Housing Bangen Rekani had voiced his country's interest in Iranian firms' partnership in that country's reconstruction and development projects.

"My country welcomes the presence and participation of Iranian companies for reconstruction of different regions in Iraq," Rekani said in a meeting with Hassan Danayeefar, an advisor to Iranian first vice-president for economic relations with Iraq.

During the meeting, the two sides touched on the latest status of bilateral relations and topics of mutual interest, including ways to arrange for the payments of Iranian companies.

Danayeefar, for his part, said that the Iranian firms are ready to cooperate in the reconstruction process of Iraq which is damaged by the war on ISIL terrorists.