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Iran can play decisive role in Iraqi reconstruction: Hakim


A member of Iraq`s Interim Governing Council said in Tehran on Thursday that Iran can play a decisive role in reconstruction of Iraq, IRNA reported.

Seyyed Abdel Aziz Hakim, who is also chairman of the Supreme Assembly of Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SAIRI) further told reporters that SAIRI has prepared grounds for Iran`s participation in Iraqi reconstruction.

Iraq`s Interim Governing Council has taken numerous measures since its establishment to restore the rights of the Iraqi people and to improve ties with neighboring states, he said.

Hakim added the council has opened the doors of Iraq on neighboring states to take part in the country`s reconstruction and has brought changes to the previous policies regarding pilgrimage to the holy shrines.

Touching on the US presence in Iraq, Hakim said US forces are occupiers and that nowhere in the world people agree with the presence of occupiers in their homeland.

"We are against such presence and ask for withdrawal of US forces from Iraq and transfer to the nation of the administration of the country`s affairs and determination of people`s fate," he said.

The SAIRI chairman referred to the presence of Turkish forces in Iraq and said foreign forces cannot restore security to Iraq as they are unable to provide security for themselves.

He said, "Security problems exist in Iraq but our main problem is the presence of enemies of the nation in the country." They are against establishment of security in Iraq and create obstacles in the way of offering services to the Iraqi people, he noted.

"As Iraq`s Governing Council, we favor holding of free elections in our country and believe the Iraqi people should determine their own fate," added Hakim.

Member of the Interim Governing Council stressed that the Iraqi nation is able to set up suitable establishments in the country.

Laying emphasis on the importance of maintaining unity among all Iraqi groups and preventing tribal wars, he mentioned unity among all tribes as the sole solution to save Iraq from occupiers.

Seyyed Abdel Aziz Hakim arrived here on Sunday. During his stay here, Hakim met with Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Head of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, President Mohammad Khatami, Judiciary Chief Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, Majlis Speaker Mehdi Karroubi and Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi.

This is the first visit by Hakim to Iran as the SAIRI chairman and member of the Interim Governing Council. He is expected to leave Tehran for Najaf, Iraq, on Friday.

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