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23 May 2024

Ahmadinejad to visit Iraq within two months

By Agencies


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is planning to make his first visit to Iraq within the next two months, the foreign minister said on Monday.


"The trip has become definitive and he will go on this trip by the end of the year," Manouchehr Mottaki told reporters, referring to the Iranian year which ends on March 20.


Last week, Baghdad said Ahmadinejad has accepted an invitation from President Jalal Talabani to visit Iraq but no date had been fixed.


Talabani has been a frequent visitor to Tehran, making his most recent trip in June.


Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki made his first official trip to Iran in September 2006 and followed it up with another visit last August.


Iran and Iraq fought a devastating war between 1980 and 1988 in which around one million people died. (AFP)