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Possible Iraq-Iran-Syria Rail Line

By John Lee. Iraq, Iran and Syria are reportedly planning to build a railway connecting the three countries. According to media reports, Salib al-Hussaini, the head of the Iraqi Railway Company, has announced a tripartite summit to discuss the project. (Source: Prensa Latina) (Picture credit: Christian Lindgren)

Iran, Iraq to Set Up 5 Joint Industrial Parks

The Iranian president’s chief of staff said Tehran and Baghdad have agreed to establish five joint industrial parks, including one in Iran’s border province of Kurdistan. Speaking at a meeting on economic development of Kurdistan in the city of Sanandaj on Saturday, Mahmoud Vaezi said Iran and Iraq have devised plans to set up five […]

Iran Plan for Air Defense Cooperation with Iraq

Iran’s Top General Unveils Plan for Air Defense Cooperation with Iraq Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said Tehran and Baghdad have agreed to launch air defense cooperation to combat possible threats to Iran’s western border. Briefing reporters on the results of a meeting with his Iraqi counterpart […]

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Iraq gives Iranians Visas Free of Charge

Iraq has begun issuing entry visa for Iranians free of charge in a reciprocal move under a deal. Iranians travelling to Iraq can now obtain visa free of charge. The Iraqi cabinet of ministers said the decision that took effect on April 1 has been made as a reciprocal move which had been agreed upon […]

Iran “ready to Expand Gas, Power Trade with Iraq”

President Hassan Rouhani has called for Iran and neighbouring Iraq to expand their gas and electricity dealings and boost bilateral trade to $20 billion, state TV reported, despite difficulties caused by US sanctions against Tehran. “The plans to export electricity and gas and hopefully oil continue and we are ready to expand these contacts not […]

Iran, Iraq agree on Development of Joint Oilfields

Iran and Iraq have reached an understanding on the joint development of the Naft Shahr and Khorramshahr oilfields, Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh has announced. Speaking on Sunday, during a visit to the Energy Industries Engineering and Design (EIED), an affiliate to the Oil Industries’ Engineering and Construction (OIEC), the official said: “There are […]

Will Iraq lose Shatt al-Arab to Iran?

By Omar al-Jaffal for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Will Iraq lose its benefits from Shatt al-Arab River to Iran? Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited Baghdad March 11 to endorse the two countries’ renewed commitment to the 1975 Algiers Agreement regarding the shared border […]

Iraq “Needs to Buy Iranian Electricity for 3 Yrs”

Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi said he hopes the United States will keep waiving sanctions on energy imports from neighboring Iran, noting that the Arab country will need to purchase electricity from the Islamic Republic for three years. In November last year, Washington granted a 45-day waiver on electricity to the Arab country and extended […]

Iran, Iraq “to Meet $20bn Trade Target in 2 Yrs”

Iran’s Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Reza Rahmani said Tehran and Baghdad have agreed to reach the target of raising the value of annual trade exchange to $20 billion within the next two years. Speaking at a TV program on Wednesday, Rahmani stressed the need to exploit the potential of Iran and Iraq for […]

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Iran, Iraq Ink 5 Agreements

Iran and Iraq signed five deals to promote cooperation in various fields on the first day of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s trip to Baghdad. In a meeting co-chaired by Rouhani and Prime Minister of Iraq Adil Abdul-Mahdi in Baghdad on Monday evening, top officials from the two countries signed five memoranda of understanding. The documents […]

Iran-Iraq Banking Problems “Settled”

The Secretary of Iran-Iraq Chamber of Commerce said the obstacles to banking interaction between the two neighbors have been settled and the bilateral trade exchange is fairly normal. In comments at a televised program on Sunday night, Hamid Hosseini said the problems with banking relations between Iran and Iraq have been resolved and the process […]

Iraq Rebuffs US on Cutting Off Energy Purchases from Iran

The US is pressuring Iraq to stop buying energy from its neighbor Iran, in what has become a major point of conflict between Washington and Baghdad. Iraqi leaders are pushing back on the demand, which is rooted in US President Donald Trump’s sanctions against Iran, according to a report by the New York Times on […]

Iran, Iraq Deal to Boost Cooperation in Electricity

High-ranking officials from Iran and Iraq on Friday signed two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) and a contract to boost cooperation between the two countries in the electricity industry. At the end of his three-day visit to Iran, Iraqi Minister of Electricity Luay al-Khatteeb signed two MoUs and a contract on the electric industry with Iranian […]

PM Urges Rapid Implementation of Iran Banking Deal

Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Abdonnaser Hemmati said Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has voiced “his firm support” for the banking deal reached between the two countries on Tuesday night and called for its rapid implementation. “After a long and four-hour meeting last night with the governor of the Central Bank of […]

Iran, Iraq “Finalize” Payment Mechanism

Governors of the central banks of Iran and Iraq signed an agreement to develop a payment mechanism aimed at facilitating banking ties between the two neighboring countries. The deal on the payment mechanism was signed in a meeting between Iran’s Abdolnaser Hemmati and Iraq’s Ali Mohsen al-Allaq in Baghdad on Tuesday night. Speaking at the […]

Iran Ranked 138th in Good Country Index

By John Lee. Iran has been ranked 138th out of 153 countries in this year’s Good Country Index, placing it just behind Tonga and Venezuela, and ahead of Antigua. Iraq was ranked last, with Libya second-last. The idea of the Good Country Index to measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good […]

Iraq “must not be Reliant on Iran”

By John Lee. The UK’s foreign office minister for the Middle East has reportedly said that Iraq must wean itself off economic reliance on Iran and become more energy self-sufficient. On a visit to Iraq on Sunday, Alistair Burt (pictured) told Reuters: “To expect Iran to have no influence in Iraq is fanciful … What […]

What Iran’s Revolution meant for Iraq

By Bruce Riedel, Brookings Institution. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. What Iran’s Revolution meant for Iraq The collapse of the shah’s government in Iran in early 1979 impacted the entire world but no country was more affected than Iraq. Saddam Hussein’s regime […]

Official Hails Growing Trend in Iran’s Exports to Iraq

The secretary general of Iran-Iraq joint chamber of commerce highlighted an upward trend in the export of Iranian products to Iraq. In a meeting with Iranian and Iraqi trade delegations, Hamid Hosseini pointed to a growing trend in Iran’s exports to the Arab country, saying its daily value stands at $45 million and sometimes reaches […]

Iraq ‘Not Obliged’ to Abide by US Sanctions on Iran

Iraq’s foreign minister said that his country is “not obliged” to abide by sanctions imposed by the US against Iran and would be pursuing options to continue bilateral trade. On December 20, the US granted Baghdad a 90-day extension to a waiver on abiding by the sanctions that were re-imposed on the Islamic Republic in […]