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Khatami: Iran's opposition to war against Iraq does not mean it supports Saddam's policies

Tehran, Feb 10, IRNA -- President Mohammad Khatami here on Monday said that Iran's opposition to the US invasion on Iraq does not mean that Tehran supports Saddam's policies and actuations.

Khatami's remarks were made on the sidelines of a ceremony held this morning awarding him the first-ever, international prize awarded the Russian Center of National Glory.

The president, in the ceremony, called on Saddam Hussein to cooperate fully with the United Nations arms inspectors and comply with UN resolutions on Iraq's disarmament.

He expressed the hope that the Iraqi crisis would be settled through peaceful means, and warned of catastrophic consequences for the region and the world if war should break out.

The prize was awarded to Khatami for his invaluable contribution to global peace with his call for a "Dialogue among Civilizations".

President Khatami's proposal was given recognition by the United Nations when it declared 2001 as "Year of Dialogue among Civilizations".

It has been widely welcomed by international circles and outstanding world figures.

Currently, a Russian delegation led by Vladimir Yakunin, deputy minister of railways and chairman of the Board of Trustees of a regional foundation of the Russian Centre of National Glory, is in in Tehran to award the Andrew Prize to President Khatami.

The award is given within the framework of the Dialogue Between Civilizations World Public Forum, the idea of which was approved by Patriarch Alexei II of Moscow and the entire Russia.

President Khatami receives message from Iraqi counterpart

Tehran, Feb 10, IRNA -- Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri on Monday submitted a message from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to President Mohammad Khatami.

President Khatami told Sabri that Iran hopes Iraq will adopt appropriate policy to help resolve the crisis peacefully and remove any pretext for possible conflict in the region.

Sabri said that Iraq is exercising full cooperation with the United Nations arms inspectors and explained the current situation in Iraq.

Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi was also present in the meeting.

Sabri arrived in Tehran on Sunday for a brief visit and talks with Iranian officials.

In his meeting with Sabri, Kharrazi made it clear that Iraq's full compliance with the Unite,d Nations Security Council resolutions is the last chance to resolve the crisis.

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