TEHRAN, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki arrived in Tehran on Wednesday for an official visit, local media reported.
During his visit, Maliki will exchange views on the latest regional and international developments with senior Iranian officials and discuss ways to strengthen bilateral ties in various aspects, according to semi-official Fars news agency.
The Iraqi leader will hold separate meetings with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, and Foreign Minister Mohammad- Javad Zarif.
Top on the agenda of the meetings will be the conflict in Syria, the oil production shares within the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the election of its next secretary general.
An Shiite leader and a close ally to Tehran, Maliki has traveled to Iran several times, but this is his first visit to Tehran after Rouhani took office.
A high ranking delegation, including Iraq's education minister, women's rights minister and supreme national security advisor, is accompanying Maliki in his trip.
The U.S. removal of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in 2003, and the ensuing rise of Iraqi Shiites helped by Iran, created a new dynamic between two the neighbors. The two nations, which fought each other in the 1980s, have re-established close ties.