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Iran's parliament to impeach Foreign Minister Kharrazi over Iraqi Foreign Minister's Tehran visit: press

Tehran, Jan 6, IRNA -- The announcement of an unexpected visit by Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri to Tehran on Sunday provoked sharp reactions by Majlis deputies amidst reports that they would prepare a bill to impeach Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi, the press reported here on Monday.

The English-language daily `Tehran Times' quoted a deputy representing Ardebil, Noureddin Pirmoazzen, who has always been one of the most active deputies in impeachment bids against Kharrazi, as saying that the deputies will submit the bill to the Majlis Presiding Board once Sabri arrives in Tehran, stressing that it was not clear why Sabri is going to visit Iran in the prevailing sensitive regional conditions.

Pirmoazzen said the Iranian public opinion cannot accept the presence of the Iraqi foreign minister in Iran, particularly considering the fact that Iraq imposed a deadly eight-year war on Iran for which it has so far refused to apologize.

"Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has offered apology to Kuwait for occupying that country for two months, but has refused to apologize the Iranians regardless of the fact that Iraq occupied some parts of the Islamic Republic for eight years," Tehran Times quoted the deputy as saying.

"Even though the Islamic Republic is trying to prevent a war on Iraq and has adopted the stance of active neutrality toward the crisis, it is regrettable to notice that Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan still repeats his anti-Iranian remarks, and this is not at all acceptable," Pirmoazzen added.

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