Maliki Urges Iranian Companies to Invest in Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki called on Iranian companies to contribute in the reconstruction operations in Iraq, according to a statement of his office.

“This came during al-Maliki’s meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad, Hussein Qomi [Hassan Kazemi Qomi] , at the end of his term in the country,” said the statement received by Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

“The premier underlined Iraq’s keenness to develop relations with all neighboring countries, including Iran,” the statement added.

He urged Iranian companies to contribute in the reconstruction operations and to invest in Iraq.

The ambassador asserted his country’s support for the political process and the efforts exerted by the Iraqi government to strengthen security and stability in the country.

The outgoing ambassador has been accused in the past by US military commander General David Petraeus of belonging to the elite unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, the Quds Force.

(Source: Aswat al-Iraq, Al Jazeera)

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