TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli announced that Iraq has asked for Iran’s help in the construction of Najaf-Karbala railway.
“We are studying this proposal to pave the way for its implementation,” the Iranian interior minister said, addressing a meeting in Tehran on Sunday.
He noted that the Iraqi government has officially asked the Iranian government to help that country to complete its railway project linking the two Iraqi holy cities of Najaf and Karbala.
Rahmani Fazli also said that Iran is planning to construct a bridge over Arvand River in Southwestern Iran to facilitate visits by Iranian pilgrims to the neighboring country’s holy Shiite sites.
Iran and Iraq have enjoyed growing ties ever since the overthrow of the former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, during the 2003 US invasion of the Muslim country.
Earlier this week, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and Iraqi President Fouad Massoum in a meeting in Baghdad explored avenues for bolstering and reinvigorating bilateral ties.
During the meeting in the Iraqi capital today, Larijani and Massoum underlined the need for the further expansion of mutual cooperation.
The Iranian parliament speaker and the Iraqi president also discussed regional and international developments.
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