Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday said he wants neighbouring states to play a role in rebuilding his country after holding talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Al-Maliki said he had invited Egyptian companies to work in Iraq and said other cooperation could be possible.
The Iraqi premier is on a tour of the region that has already taken him to Iran, Syria and Jordan.
It is being seen as a bid to drum up support and remain in office.
Following inconclusive parliamentary elections on 7th March, al-Maliki’s mostly Shiite alliance has been seeking partners to give it control of the 325-seat parliament and pick Iraq’s new leaders.
Egypt and other Sunni states have supported al-Maliki’s rival, a Sunni-backed group headed by secular Shiite Ayad Allawi.
Both have spent time trying to win over major powers in the region.