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Baghdad, Febuary 11, 2009 – Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki was headed to Baghdad on Tuesday for a visit aimed at boosting economic and political ties, his Iraqi counterpart told AFP.
The two neighbours agreed in January to establish a high-ranking joint committee to improve cooperation, and the trip is part of the process, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said.
“He is on his way to Iraq but has not arrived yet,” Zebari said.
“This is a routine visit following the recent signing of an agreement to boost economic and bilateral relations. He will be here for a couple of days.”
Iran and Shiite-majority Iraq fought a war between 1980 and 1988 in which around one million people died. Relations have warmed considerably since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein’s Sunni-dominated regime by US-led forces in 2003.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki visited Tehran last month to seek Iran’s help in rebuilding the war-torn country.