An Egyptian trade delegation led by Public Enterprise Minister Mukhtar Khattab arrived in Baghdad Sunday, April 1, for a visit of several days to discuss bilateral cooperation, the official INA agency said.
The 200-strong delegation of Egyptian company officials and businessmen will also take part in an Egyptian trade fair scheduled to open soon in Baghdad.
Iraqi Trade Minister Mohammad Mehdi Saleh told INA that trade between the two countries within the UN's oil-for-food program now stands at some two billion dollars a year.
The oil-for-food program was introduced in 1996 to soften the Iraqi people's suffering under the economic embargo imposed since Baghdad's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
"Egypt is currently Iraq's third-largest trade partner, behind France and Russia", the minister added. — (AFP, Baghdad)
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