The vice president of Iraq encouraged on Tuesday Turkey's Is Bankasi to open branches in Iraqi cities.
Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi said Iraq was supporting Turkish banks to open branches in Iraq.
"Is Bankasi has told us that it would open two branches, one in Baghdad and the other in Irbil," al-Hashimi told reporters after visiting the Independent Industrialists' & Businessmen's Association (MUSIAD) headquarters in Istanbul.
Al-Hashimi said he was encouraging Is Bankasi to open branches in Mosul and Basra soon.
"Is Bankasi is thinking about this (opening branches in Mosul and Basra), but it has decided to open two branches," al-Hashimi said.
Al-Hashimi said his country needed to make use of Turkey's experiences in banking.
Also speaking to reporters, MUSIAD's chairman Omer Cihad Vardan said the association would continue to contribute to Iraq's development.
Vardan said al-Hashimi would attend the 14th International Business Forum to take place in Istanbul on October 6-10 as a speaker.
Al-Hashimi visited MUSIAD headquarters to discuss economic cooperation and investment opportunities.
During their meeting, al-Hashimi and Vardan decided to set up an Iraq cooperation committee, and boost initiatives and cooperation periodically.
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