Former Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qassemi announced on Sunday that the upcoming visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi to Tehran will take place to broaden the trade ties between the two countries, specially through the endorsement of trade and customs agreements.
“Several agreements on free trade, customs and standards, which is a very important issue, will be signed in Tehran,” Qassemi, who is now the head of the Staff for the Development of Iran-Iraq Economic Relations, said, addressing a meeting of representatives of the Iranian Chamber of Commerce in Tehran today.
He asked for rapid growth in Iran’s exports to Iraq, and reiterated that Iran can export medicine, medical equipment and foodstuff worth $25 billion to its Western neighbor.
On Friday, informed sources announced that Al-Abadi will visit Iran on Monday on his first official visit to a foreign country since he took office on August 11.
A source close to Iraq’s political bodies said that al-Abadi is scheduled to visit Iran at the head of a high-ranking delegation.
He noted that al-Abadi will be accompanied by Iraqi ministers of oil, electricity, economy and commerce.
Al-Abadi’s visit to Iran is considered as significant regarding the major role played by Tehran in the past months to help Baghdad fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group, the source added.
Last month, the Iraqi prime minister appreciated Iran’s constructive role in Iraq’s present sensitive situation.
He made the remarks while speaking to reporters in New York on the sidelines of the 69th Annual Meeting of the UN General Assembly.