TEHRAN, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The Iranian media reports that Iraq's ambassador to Tehran said "Iraq is President Ahmadinejad's second home" days before a diplomatic visit to Iraq.
Mohammad Majeed al-Sheikh said in an interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency Tuesday that Ahmadinejad's visit would play a key role in establishing friendly relations between Iran and Iraq.
Ahmadinejad is scheduled to visit Baghdad at the invitation of Iraqi officials March 2.
The spokesman for the Iraqi government, Ali al-Dabbagh, said Tuesday the visit by Ahmadinejad will provide a venue to link mutual economic interests and bilateral relations.
Dabbagh said he hoped the outcome of the visit may smooth hostilities between Iran and the United States, IRNA said.
Meanwhile, the spokesman for the Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad-Ali Hosseini, said his country will decide on a date for holding talks with U.S. officials in Baghdad soon.
The Washington Post Tuesday also said the United States met with its negotiating partners in the United Nations to discuss new methods of bringing Iran back to the table for discussions regarding its controversial nuclear program.