Iraq looking to establish free trade zone with Morocco

Published April 4th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Iraq is looking to establish a free-trade zone with Morocco similar to the ones Baghdad has set up with Egypt, Syria and Tunisia, newspapers reported Tuesday, April 3. 


Iraq's Trade Minister Mohammad Mehdi Saleh and Moroccan counterpart Mustafa Mansuri have examined "details on the establishment of a free-trade zone following the example of the agreements Iraq has with Egypt, Syria and Tunisia," papers said. 


The two countries also sealed a "series of bilateral agreements" during the meeting of the joint Moroccan-Iraqi cooperation committee, established to promote economic and trade relations. 


"These agreements will help boost the level of trade between the two countries," Saleh was quoted as saying. 


Mansuri flew into Baghdad on March 29 at the head of a 160-strong delegation including ministers, bankers and businessmen and coinciding with a Moroccan trade fair with more than 100 exhibitors participating. — (AFP, Baghdad) 


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