Iran, Iraq officials discuss border issues

An Iranian and Iraqi official on Tuesday discussed border issues between the two nations, the first such talks since the 1980 war launched by Saddam Hussein, Iranian state television reported. At a meeting in Teheran, the two discussed the damaged and displaced border posts and signs along the shared 1,280 kilometer (800 mile) long boundary, as well as the smuggling through the disputed Shatt al-Arab waterway, the TV said. Iran's Gen. Qassem Rezai, commander of Iranian border guards, and Iraq's border guards' chief, Gen. Mohsen Abdolhassan Lazem "exchanged views on border-related issues" for the first time in 27 years, the TV said. Rezai told the TV that the two sides talked about rearranging and repairing border signs and posts and also discussed the smuggling of weapons and alcohol through the Shatt al-Arab.