KRG Keen to Attract Iranian Businesses

KRG Keen to Attract Iranian BusinessesKRG Keen to Attract Iranian Businesses

The Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government's minister of interior expressed the KRG's resolve to create a favorable atmosphere for the presence of Iranian businessmen and companies in Iraqi Kurdistan.  

Karim Sinjari made the remark in a meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary and Expatriates Affairs Hassan Qashqavi, who was on an official visit to Iraq, ICANA reported on Sunday.  

In the meeting, attended also by the two side's political, consular, security and military officials, the two ministers exchanged views on various areas for cooperation.

Highlighting the significance of enhanced ties with the Islamic Republic, the Kurdish minister described Qashqavi's trip as beneficial to efforts to expand ties and eliminate the barriers in the way of increased economic relations.

Sinjari also hailed Iran's assistance in the fight against the so-called Islamic State militant group.

The Iranian diplomat shed light on different dimensions of Iran's cooperation with Baghdad and the KRG and called for joint efforts to help improve mutual collaboration.  

Pointing to the high rate of the movement of people between Iran and Iraq and the Kurdistan region, mostly businessmen, pilgrims and tourists as well as the Kurdish people who travel to Iran seeking medical care, Qashqavi urged taking joint measures to provide appropriate consular and transportation facilities to help promote exchanges.  

He also urged greater collaboration in the campaign against terrorism, drug smuggling and human trafficking.

The two sides also conferred on the repatriation of convicts based on an earlier agreement so that the prisoners serve their terms in their own countries.