Ahmadinejad promises Iraq full Iranian support
Monsters & Critics | September 12, 2006
The Iraqi prime minister arrived in Tehran Tuesday for a two-day visit for discussing with Ahmadinejad and other Iranian officials the latest developments in Iraq and ways to boost bilateral ties.
'Our relations with Iraq are far beyond normal neighbourly relations and we consider Iraq's territorial integrity, independence and progress as our own,' Ahmadinejad said.
The Iranian president added that during the visit of the Iraqi delegation, all previous agreements in the fields of trade, energy and transportation would be finalised.
Al-Maliki said in the same conference through an interpreter that he regards Iran as an important country and termed his visit as a turning point in bilateral ties.
Iran and Iraq agreed last year on constructing an oil pipeline between the southern Iraqi city of Basra and the bordering Iranian Gulf port of Abadan, which is scheduled to start this year.
Once completed Iraqi crude oil would then be transferred through that pipeline to Abadan for refining and returned to Basra in form of light oil and petrol.
Another project will be construction of a pipeline from the Iranian Mahshahr port to Abadan for providing Iraq with petrol.
Iran is reportedly also to aid Iraq in constructing its petrochemical complex.
An air link from Baghdad to Teheran started last November but later cancelled due to insecurity in Iraqi airspace but another air link is planned to be established between Tehran and Basra.
The two neighbouring Moslem states were engaged in a devastating war between 1980 and 1988, killing hundreds of thousands on both sides and devastating major parts of border regions in west and south-west Iran.
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