Speaking in Baghdad at the end of his two-day visit to Iraq, the Czech foreign minister, Jan Kohout, promised Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that the Czech Republic would send observers to Iraq to monitor the course of general elections scheduled for January 2010. Commenting on business relations, Mr Kohout said that agreements on investment protection and double taxation avoidance between the two countries needed to be signed to promote the interest of Czech companies on the Iraqi market. In Baghdad, Mr Kohout also launched an exhibition titled “1989 through the eyes of photographers”.
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