Iran, Iraq sign joint cooperation program in Baghdad

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TEHRAN, Iran

Iran and Iraq on Sunday signed a five-year joint cooperation program in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Iran’s Labor and Social Welfare Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari and his Iraqi counterpart Adel al-Rikabi inked the program, according to Iran’s state news agency IRNA.

Al-Rikabi said the implementation of the program will be started immediately.

Shariatmedari, who also met with Iraqi Finance Minister Ali Abdul-Amir Allawi, demanded that Iraq’s natural gas and electricity debt to Iran be paid.

Allawi ensured the Iranian minister that the debt would be paid as soon as possible.

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