Tehran mayor visits Baghdad

Feb. 26, 2008 at 9:49 AM
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BAGHDAD, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The mayor of Tehran met with Iraqi officials to discuss bilateral relations and the reconstruction of municipal facilities in Baghdad.

Tehran's mayor, Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, met with his counterpart in Baghdad, Sabir al-Isawi, during the weekend. Qalibaf said the religious and cultural ties between the two cities provided a foundation for camaraderie, The Tehran Times said.

Isawi said companies in Iraq wanted to reach out to Iranian companies and experts on various issues, including roads and highways.

Qalibaf also met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on bilateral relations between Iran and Iraq, Iran's Press TV reported.

Meanwhile, Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Barham Saleh told Qalibaf in a separate meeting that municipality staff in Baghdad should go for training in Tehran.

Saleh said that, with one-third of Iraq's population residing in Baghdad, improvements there would spread development through the rest of the country, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

Officials from both countries met separately in Tehran to discuss border issues and water-usage rights.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is also scheduled to visit Baghdad in early March.

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