Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is in Iraq for talks on boosting political, religious and economic ties.
Mr. Rafsanjani, who heads the influential Expediency Council, arrived Monday in Baghdad and met with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. Mr. Talabani was in Iran last week, as the two former foes rebuild their ties following the ouster of Iranian arch-rival, former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Mr. Talabani was seeking Iranian investment in his country, devastated in the years since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.
Washington has expressed concern about increasing ties between the two Shi'ite-majority neighbors. It has accused Tehran of supporting anti-U.S. militants in Iraq, a charge Iran denies.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP