News ID: 254031
Published: 0238 GMT June 10, 2019

Iraqi Kurdistan calls for more economic ties with Iran

Iraqi Kurdistan calls for more economic ties with Iran

The Importer and Exporter Union of Iraq’s northern region of Kurdistan called for wider economic relations with Iranian traders, and asked for an office of Sanandaj Chamber of Commerce to be opened in Erbil, the central city of the Iraqi region.

“One of the solutions to promote cooperation is that Sanandaj Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (SCCIMA) open an office in the Iraqi region of Kurdistan, said Mostafa Abdulrahman Abdullah, president of the Importer and Exporter Union of Iraqi Kurdistan region, reported Fars News Agency.

He stressed that he will do whatever he can to remove all obstacles in the way of boosting bilateral trade, including high tariffs on Iranian commodities.

Back in February, President of Iraqi Kurdistan’s Regional Government (KRG) Masoud Barzani, in a meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad Iraj Masjedi, said that Erbil is eager to promote ties with Tehran in all fields.

Barzani, during his meeting with Masjedi on February 21, welcomed Iran’s viewpoints on deepening cooperation, saying, “We believe in regular contacts with Iran, and we are eager to promote ties in all fields.”

Appreciating Iran for its help in fighting terrorism, he said that the KRG will use all in its power to step up cooperation with the country.

Iran’s envoy, for his part, described bilateral ties as strategic, saying that prospects for mutual cooperation are bright.

Transfer of Iran’s gas to KRG, mutual cooperation and the private sector’s engagement can provide suitable opportunities for boosting relations, Masjedi said.


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