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Lebanon Expresses Its Desire To Establish A Free Zone With Iraq On Its Territory

BAGHDAD Lebanon expressed its desire to establish a free zone with Iraq on its territory.

"Ambassador Ali Abbas Bandar al-Amiri met Lebanese Minister of State for Foreign Trade Hassan Abdul Rahim Murad at the request of the embassy," a Foreign Ministry statement said Sunday.

"During the meeting, they discussed means of developing bilateral relations between Iraq and Lebanon, especially economic relations, and finding solutions to the problems that face development," the statement added.

"The Lebanese government is working to open up to the countries that are located in eastern Lebanon, especially Iraq, in the fields of investment and trade," the statement said.

The Lebanese minister also referred to the idea of establishing a free zone on Lebanese territory with Iraq on the basis that most Western countries are taking from Lebanon a passage to transit their goods to Iraq.

For his part, the ambassador stressed Iraq's keenness to establish the best relations with Lebanon for the benefit of the two brotherly peoples.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency