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Iran, Iraq agree to cancel visa requirements between the two countries

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Iran and Iraq have agreed to cancel visa requirements between the two countries, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi announced during a joint press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in Tehran.

Raisi said in the joint press conference, that “ al-Kadhimi agreed to increase Iran’s share regarding the Arbaeen visitors,” adding that “we have deep relations with Iraq.”

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Raisi added that several decisions were taken in the joint meeting with al-Kadhimi, including “the agreement to cancel the visa requirement between Iraq and Iran.”

Iraq’s al-Kadhimi met Iran’s recently-elected President Raisi on Sunday to discuss the neighbors’ economic relations, official sources said.

Al-Kadhimi is the first foreign leader to visit the ultra-conservative Raisi, and brought along a “high level political and economic delegation,” Iran’s official IRNA news agency said.

Television showed the Iraqi premier welcomed by a guard of honor, before immediately beginning a meeting that IRNA said touched on “questions of mutual and international interest.”

The two leaders are expected to hold a news conference later Sunday, state broadcaster Iribnews reported.

As Iran’s neighbor to the west, Iraq has sought a mediating role between Tehran and Arab nations.

“We want it to be a process in which everyone says they have taken revenge on the Americans. It will be a qualitative process (that can come) from the air, the sea, along the borders of Iraq, in the region or anywhere. It is an open war,” he said.

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(With inputs from AFP)