0438 GMT June 30, 2022
In a meeting with his counterpart from Karbala Nassif Jassim al-Khattabi, Mohsen Mansouri said most of the foreign travelers to Tehran are from Iraq, expressing hope that the meeting will help strengthen relations between the two countries and the two provinces of Tehran and Karbala, ion.ir reported on Saturday.
He noted: "We are always grateful for the hospitality of the Iraqi people, especially Karbala, and the Tehran Governorate will have special supports during Arbaeen ceremony in Karbala."
Tehran enjoys a lot of potential in terms of religious and health tourism as well as ecotourism Mansouri said, adding that Karbala has the same capacities due to its religious sites.
“We are ready to implement economic projects in Iraq and we are ready to receive investment from Iraqis in Tehran, which can be preceded by trade fairs in Tehran and Karbala,” the Iranian official noted.
He added: "The more we cooperate in order to facilitate pilgrimage, the more help we have extended in promoting the culture of our religion."
The Iraqi official, for his part, said 70 million pilgrims enter Karbala annually, and there is no doubt that the cooperation between the two countries in the fields of religion and culture can and should increase.
The chairman of the Iran-Iraq Joint Chamber of Commerce has said that last year, Iran's private sector exported about $ 9 billion to Iraq as the country imported over t $1.5 billion worth of goods from Iraq.
“In the private sector, we have no problem getting our money back,” Yahya Al-e Es’haq added.
He pointed out that Iraq was also scheduled to pay off its debt to Iran, which is about $1.5 billion out of $5 billion, at the earliest time.
Al-e Es’haq noted that under the recent agreement between Iran and Iraq, it was decided that our gas and electricity exports to the country to continue.
Iran’s annual trade with Iraq stands at $10 billion.