Iran’s foreign minister in Iraq on trade mission
Iran’s foreign minister arrived in Baghdad Sunday afternoon on a trade mission.
“Senior executives from dozens of state-run and private entrepreneurial companies will accompany the foreign minister in this trip,” said ministry spokesperson Bahram Qassemi ahead of Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s departure.
Zarif is expected to meet with Iraqi officials and attend trade conferences in Karbala and Sulaimani.
Iran and Iraq share a nearly 1,500 kilometre long border and have close trade ties. Iraq depends on its neighbour for natural gas to keep its power grid supplied.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Baghdad last week to convince Iraqi leaders to end their energy independence on Iran ahead of having to comply with sanctions imposed after Washington withdrew from the nuclear deal. Source