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Iranian FM says UN's pivotal role in Iraq, a necessity


Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said in Madrid on Friday that the United Nations' playing a pivotal role in Iraq was a necessity as well as establishment of a lawful and elected government in Iraq for improving situation in that country, IRNA reported.

Addressing the International Donors' Conference For the Reconstruction of Iraq which is held here with participation of the representatives of over 100 countries and international bodies and organizations, he stressed that Iran, as a neighboring country with appropriate economic capacities, will contribute to reconstruction process in Iraq.

He further voiced the readiness of his country to cooperate with Iraq in investments, commerce, tourism, financial affairs and development areas.

Kharrazi further noted that establishment of a peaceful and stable government in Iraq would benefit all regional countries especially its neighbors.

He also noted that the memory of the crimes committed against Iran and Kuwait and the wounds inflicted on these countries by the former Saddam Hossein regime were still fresh in minds.

However, he went on, everybody should help Iraqi nation to determine its own destiny and to speedily form an independent rulership there.

"For these reasons, Iran attaches great importance to peace, security, stability, development and economic prosperity in Iraq," the foreign minister added.

Referring to the Madrid meeting as an opportunity for expressing solidarity with Iraqi nation in establishing a "free, responsible and democratic" Iraq, he expressed hope that the country established good and constructive ties with its neighbors as well as international community.

Kharrazi arrived here Thursday heading a high-ranking politico-economic delegation to attend the International Donors' Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq in which ministers and senior experts from participating states are scheduled to discuss economic, trade, industrial, agricultural, infrastructural and educational issues.

The conference will also focus on other issues including communications, public services, transportation, environment and health in several sessions.

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