Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi has told Baghdad he wants to visit Iraq soon, the official Iraqi News Agency, INA, said Saturday, March 31.
Visiting Trade Minister Mustafa Mansuri passed along the message from Youssoufi to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, who told him Iraq hoped "to expand its cooperation with Morocco in the interest of both countries," the agency said.
Saddam also welcomed the "crumbling of the embargo" imposed on Baghdad since its 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
The agency said Mansuri also gave Saddam a message from Moroccan King Mohammed VI suggesting ways to boost the countries' economic ties.
Mansuri arrived Thursday heading a 160-member delegation including ministers, bankers and businessmen to attend a meeting of the Iraqi-Moroccan joint economic commission.
Morocco, like many Arab countries, has organized flights to Baghdad to express solidarity with Iraq and in defiance of the decade-long air embargo — (AFP, Baghdad)
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