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President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accepted an invitation to visit Baghdad, Iraq's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, a landmark trip that would make him the first leader of Iran to visit its former foe.
An aide to Ahmadinejad, who asked not to be identified, said: "We have heard about it but no date has been scheduled."
Both Talabani and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki have visited Shi'ite Iran, which some Middle East analysts say exerts greater influence in Iraq than the United States.
Ahmadinejad has accepted the invitation at a time of heightened tension between Iran and the United States, which said its warships were threatened by Iranian craft in the Strait of Hormuz earlier this month.
The two countries are also at odds over Tehran's nuclear program and what Washington calls Iran's "negative influence" in Iraq through its arming and training of Shi'ite militias. Iran denies this and says it is committed to peace in Iraq.