Terrorists Attack Iranian Oil Ministry Convoy in Baghdad

Fars News Agency – June 22, 2011

Gunfire attacks by unknown terrorists on an Iranian oil ministry convoy in Central Baghdad on Wednesday injured two Iraqi bodyguards, but killed no one.

According to media news, the Iranian delegation headed by Managing-Director of the National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company Alireza Zeiqami was returning from a meeting with the Iraqi oil minister when it was attacked by the assailants.

FNA dispatches from Baghdad said none of the Iranians was wounded in the attack.

“Thanks God, all members of the Iranian delegation are in good health conditions,” Zeiqami told the Iranian oil company website, Naft news, later in the day.

He also underlined success of his visit to Baghdad, and said, “We have signed several agreements for the daily export of 1.5mln liters of fuel to Iraq,”.

The incident took place as Iraqi foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari is also in Tehran to hold a series of meetings with high-ranking Iranian officials.

During the visit, the Iranian and Iraqi officials said the two sides are working on a number of agreements to expand their mutual economic cooperation, and that the documents of these agreements will be concluded and inked during an upcoming visit to Baghdad by Iranian First Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said during a joint press conference with his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari here in Tehran on Tuesday that the two sides plan to ink several agreements during Rahimi’s visit to Baghdad on July 6.

Iran also signed an agreement in May on supplying a daily volume of 25mln cubic meters of natural gas to Iraq.


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