News ID: 190406
Published: 0620 GMT April 07, 2017

Iraq to issue six-month visas for Iranian businessmen

Iraq to issue six-month visas for Iranian businessmen

Iraq will issue six-month visas for Iranian merchants who plan to do business with his country, said Iraqi Ambassador to Iran Rajeh Saber Abud al-Mousavi.

"Given the good neighborly ties between Iran and Iraq, the visa barrier should not pose any obstacles in the way of activities of the Iranian businessmen," the Iraqi envoy said, reported Fars News Agency.

Al-Mousavi underlined that Iranian traders will pay only $100 to obtain six-month Iraqi visas.

The Iraqi ambassador noted that 1,190 visas have been issued for Iranian businessmen over the past three months.

In relevant remarks in early January, Iraqi Deputy Trade Minister Walid Habib al-Helou voiced his country's willingness to broaden trade and economic relations with Iran.

"The Iraqi government is willing to develop commercial and economic relations with Iran and cooperate with Iranian firms to meet the needs of the Iraqi people," al-Helou said in a meeting with Iranian counterpart Mojtaba Khosrotaj in Baghdad.

The Iraqi deputy trade minister pointed out that Iran is an influential state that has common borders with Iraq, and said, "The Iraqi government is seeking to bolster trade relations with Tehran."

Al-Helou said that Iraq intended to promote good trade and economic ties with all neighboring countries, Iran in particular, adding, "During the meeting with the Iranian delegation we discussed bilateral issues in various areas in line with the interests of the two sides."

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