Iraq’s President Jalal Talabani has urged closer economic and political ties with Iran, in a meeting with the Islamic Republic’s foreign minister.
His talks with Manouchehr Mottaki in Baghdad come amid efforts to resolve a border dispute over an oil well inside Iraq that was briefly seized by Iranian soldiers last month.
Border issues have traditionally sparked tension, partly triggering the countries’ war in the 1980s.
Talabani now wants to take advantage of their geographical proximity to boost economic cooperation. He is also calling for Tehran’s help in tackling terrorism and religious violence inside Iraq.