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By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer
Tue May 1, 9:46 PM ET
TEHRAN, Iran –has extended $1 billion in credits for reconstruction projects in , a senior official said Tuesday ahead of an international conference on stabilizing Iraq.
Ali Larijani, Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, said a committee of experts from both countries was discussing possible development projects, including some involving energy, the state-run news agency IRNA reported.
“We are prepared for implementation of economic projects in Iraq. For this purpose, we have allocated $1 billion in credit,” IRNA quoted Larijani as saying.
His comments came two days before Iran joins the United States, European powers and Arab countries at a conference in Egypt to discuss a plan for stabilizing Iraq.
Iran’s decision to participate has raised the possibility of a rare direct encounter between high-level U.S. and Iranian officials.