In a Sunday meeting in Tehran with his Iraqi counterpart Hussain Ibrahim Saleh al-Shahristani, Iran’s Minister of Science, Research and Technology Mohammad Farhadi said the way should be paved for further academic and educational cooperation between the two countries.
He noted that Iranian universities are ready to ink sistership agreements with universities in the neighboring Arab country.
The Iranian science minister also noted that about one hundred Iranian students are currently studying in Iraq while on the other side, more than 1200 Iraqi students are busy studying in Iranian academic centers, adding that the number is likely to grow further.
The Iraqi science minister, for his part, pointed to the deep historical ties between Iran and his country and said the two ministries can contribute to the development of economic, scientific, educational and even political relations between the two countries.
Al-Shahristani, who is in Tehran to attend a ministerial meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) member states’ science ministers and academic centers, also pointed to Iraqi universities’ keenness to sign cooperation agreements with Iranian universities and other academic centers.