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Iran Vice President To Visit Iraq

September 5, 1998

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) _ Iran’s vice president will visit neighboring Iraq later this month, the highest-ranking official to make such a trip in two decades, an Iranian newspaper reported Saturday.

Vice President Hassan Habibi will sign agreements on the exchange of prisoners from the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War, war reparations, water sharing, border security, and on ending support for each other’s opposition groups, the Tehran Times reported.

The paper did not give a date for the visit.

The two sides will also discuss the safety of pilgrims visiting holy sites in Iraq and Iran, it said.

The Iran-Iraq War ended with a U.N.-brokered cease-fire, but animosity has persisted over many issues.

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