Iraq has established a consulate general in the Iranian holy city of Mashhad in a bid to bolster diplomatic ties with the neighboring country.
Iraqi Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad Hamud attended the opening gala where he also revealed that his country plans to open more offices at some other Iranian cities in the near future.
Iraq is taking promising steps in order to develop relation with Iran and the Iraqi government under Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has always given priority to boost ties with the neighboring country, he said.
"Iran is a great country. Iranians are so friendly with Iraq that they have accepted to negotiate with the US in order to reestablish peace and stability in the war-torn country," he noted.
Hamud added that the Iraqi government had made much effort to prepare grounds for the talks.
Deputy General Governor of Korasan Razavi Province Ghahreman Rashid, who also attended the ceremony, said that there were numerous cultural, religious, and historical commonalities between the two countries.
"That's why major powers are trying to foment discord between Iran and Iraq," he concluded.