President Dr Arif Alvi on Monday stressed the need for strengthening relations with Iraq in areas of trade, defence cooperation and culture. Talking to the country’s ambassador-designate to Iraq Ahmed Amjad Ali here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, the president said immense potential existed in exploring bilateral cooperation between Pakistan and Iraq in diverse fields. The president urged the ambassador-designate to work towards facilitating the Pakistani diaspora and the pilgrims visiting Iraq. He emphasized on enhancing the air and sea links between the two countries to promote their people-to-people relations. He also asked the envoy-designate to work on promoting high-level exchanges between the two countries.