Iraqi President Invites Iranian Counterpart to Visit Baghdad

A00681367.jpgTEHRAN (FNA) – Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has extended an invitation of visit to his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, an Iraqi official said on Wednesday.

President Jalal Talabani had invited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to pay a visit, Heiwa Othman, advisor of the Iraqi president told The New Anatolian.

If the visit goes through, it will be another landmark in the relationship between the two countries that fought a cruel eight-year war in 1980s.

Their tense relations improved following the fall of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in 2003. Both Talabani and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki have visited Iran.

Iran and its arch foe, the United States, have so far held three rounds of talks over the Iraqi security, which were hosted by Iraq. A fourth meeting, scheduled for last December, has been suspended.

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