The Iranian ambassador to Iraq, Erj Musjdi, said during a joint economic meeting held in Basra on Sunday, with the participation of industrialists and traders, Iranians and Iraqis that his country aspires to raise the level of trade with Iraq from 10 billion to 20 billion dollars, while the local government in Basra Its desire to establish free trade zones on the border. 

He said mosques in a speech during the forum , which was held at the Oil Cultural Center said that " the common border between Iran and Iraq extends 1400 km long, which secure borders, and we have ten effective outlets border with Iraq , pass daily through which hundreds of trucks , " noting that "Iraq after liberation Of the gangs of the Mujahideen and the security forces, the Islamic Republic of Iran as it was alongside Iraq in the war against Daash will be with Iraq today for reconstruction and construction.

"The trade exchange between Iran and Iraq reached 10 billion dollars, in addition to the export of gas and electricity, and there are millions are reluctant to trade, treatment and study, a unique situation between the two countries," he said, adding that "the new Iraqi government hope to reach trade between The two countries to 20 billion dollars. " 

The Iranian ambassador pointed out that "the Islamic Republic has an embassy and five consulates in Iraq all strive to strengthen cooperation and communication," explaining that "the economy is gaining great importance in foreign relations between countries, and we believe that Iraq needs Iran, Iran needs Iraq."

For his part, Governor of Basra Asaad al-Eidani said in a speech at the forum that "it is necessary to seek economic integration with our neighbors, especially with the Islamic Republic of Iran, especially under the current circumstances," adding that "our ambition in this area focuses on the establishment of commercial areas Free near the border crossings. " 

It is noteworthy that Iraq enjoys strong economic relations with Iran, and Iranian goods are one of the most imported goods in the Iraqi market, has been selected to Basra to establish a joint economic forum as the capital of Iraq's economic.