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Iran, Jordan hail establishment of Iraqi Governing Council

Iran and Jordan in a statement on Wednesday welcomed the establishment of the Iraqi Governing Council, and described it as a step toward handing over the power to the Iraqi people, IRNA reported from Tehran.

The statement, that was released at the end of the Tehran visit of the Jordanian King Abdullah II, also highlighted the need to retrieve the rights of the Palestinian nation, and called for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Bait-ul-Moqaddas as its capital.

Iran and Jordan in the statement, signed by President Mohammad Khatami and King Abdullah II, highlighted the need to promote security and stability in the region, and called for making the Middle East a nuclear free region.

The two countries further described as positive the results of their joint economic commission meetings, and stressed expansion of mutual ties by relying on available potentials and capacities. Tehran and Amman vowed to push forward the idea of dialogue among civilizations and to boost cooperation in that area, and underscored the need to forge joint positions among Islamic states toward various international issues.

King Abdullah II arrived in Tehran on Tuesday for a two-day state visit, the first by a Jordanian monarch in 25 years. During his stay here, the Jordanian king held separate meetings with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Mohammad Khatami and Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi and discussed promotion of Tehran-Amman ties as well as key regional and international developments.

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