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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will head a large economic delegation to India and Iraq in the coming weeks to further bolster economic and commercial ties between Tehran and its major trade partners.

Zarif said on Thursday that he would head a large economic delegation to India next week, stressing the active participation of the country’s private sector in foreign relations sector.

According to Fars News Agency, the top Iranian diplomat added that he would then visit Iraq a week after his India visit, saying the private sector may also accompany him to Baghdad.

Meanwhile, Iraqi FM Mohamed Ali Al-hakim said Wednesday that Zarif would make an official visit to Baghdad in January.

Speaking to a gathering of journalists, Iraq's foreign minister said that his country is "not obliged" to abide by sanctions imposed by the US against Iran and would be pursuing options to continue trade.

He added that the sanctions against Iran were 'unilateral, not international' and could be bypassed

Last Friday, Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad Iraj Masjedi, in a meeting with former Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, voiced Tehran’s readiness to expand bilateral ties with the Arab neighbor in all areas, asserting that the Islamic Republic will continue helping Iraq’s reconstruction.

Bilateral cooperation and the regional development were other topics discussed between al-Abadi and Masjedi.

In the meantime, Masjedi expressed Iran's support for Iraq during the reconstruction era.

“Iran is ready for cooperation with Iraq in all fields,” the Iranian diplomat reassured.

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