TEHRAN (Dispatches) - Iraqi Trade Minister Mohammad Hashim al-Ani in a meeting with Iran’s Ambassador to Baghdad Iraj Masjedi on Wednesday expressed hope that Tehran and Baghdad would boost their trade and economic relations, reaffirming the Iraqi government’s commitment to develop trade with Iran.
Hashim al-Ani, referred to the upcoming visit by Iran’s Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Reza Rahmani to his country, voiced his eagerness to talk discuss development of bilateral relations in the economic, investment and trade fields.
In the meeting held in Baghdad, the Iraqi minister expressed hope that the two neighbors would boost their trades and economic relations.
Referring to the U.S.’ unilateral sanctions on Iran, the Iraqi official reiterated his respective government’s support to the Islamic Republic, saying Iraq will not abandon Iran under pressure.
Masjedi, for his part, expressed gratitude toward Iraq for making every effort to deepen relations with Tehran, saying, the Iranian private sector is ready to broaden the scope of its activities and cooperation with Iraqi partners in different economic sectors.