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Iran President meets member of Iraqi Governing Council Ahmad Chalabi

Member of Iraqi Governing Council Ahmad Chalabi met with President Mohammad Khatami in Tehran on Tuesday, IRNA reported.

Khatami said "we are confident that a patriotic, democratic, progressive government will be established in Iraq which will be representative of the Iraqi people."

Furthermore, the new government will pave the grounds for progress and development in the whole region, he added.

Tehran approves the governing council and regards it as a constructive step in establishing a democratic government in Iraq, hatami said.

Khatami also expressed objections to the 'Samra' bloody developments. "All Iraqi ethnic and religious groups should be able to work and cooperate together in this sensitive juncture." "Resolving the Iraqi problems will not be possible unless the occupation ends," he added.

Chalabi referred to the historical cultural and religious commonalties between Iran and Iraq. He also expressed satisfaction on Iran's decision to lend its approval to the Iraqi governing Council.

"We welcome the closest political, economic and cultural relations with Iran."

The Iraqi constitution will enshrine the will of majority of Iraqi people and respect Islam and all other religions, Chalabi underlined. He also thanked Iran on hosting the Iraqi opposition during the rule of Saddam Hussein.

Chalabi, heading an Iraqi delegation, arrived here on Sunday through the international Khosravi border, to hold talks with Iranian authorities.

He was welcomed on arrival in Iranian territory by Qasr-e Shirin Governor Hossein Khosh-Eqbal and a number of provincial officials.

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