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Russia, Iraq eye further cooperation following roadmap
Xinhua | October 10, 2012 09:13
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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his visiting Iraqi counterpart Nuri al-Maliki have discussed here a roadmap for the development of bilateral relations on Tuesday.

According to the Russian government's press service, Medvedev highly valued the relations between Russia and Iraq, saying his country cherished the traditional friendship with Iraq.

"Despite dramatic events in the last few years, we are maintaining contacts at top and high levels, which, I am convinced, will promote the development of friendship, cooperation and mutual understanding between Russia and Iraq," Medvedev said.

He offered to discuss an overall roadmap for the development of bilateral relations, from energy to humanitarian cooperation.

In response, Maliki said Baghdad would like to further promote cooperation with Russia "in all spheres."

He also invited Medvedev to visit Baghdad.

According to a report released by the Russian government before the meeting, Russia and Iraq had signed arms deals worth $4.2 billion earlier this year.

Maliki said on Monday in Moscow that his country would strengthen military and energy ties with Russia.

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