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Iranian delegation winds up five-day mission to Iraq, leaves for home

Baghdad, April 17, IRNA -- Iranian foreign minister's special envoy, Hossein Sadeqi wound up his mission to Iraq and left for Tehran on Saturday.

During his five-day stay in Iraq, Sadeqi held talks with Iraqi Governing Council (IGC) members.

A top Iraq-based diplomat in charge of Iranian Embassy Mahmoud Omrani told IRNA that Sadeqi held talks with IGC chairman and several members of the governing council including Jalal Talabani, Ibrahim Jaafari, Muhammad Bahrul-Oloum, Abdulaziz Hakim, Ahmad Chalabi and Mohsen Abdul Hamid on ways to develop Tehran-Baghdad cooperation.

Omrani said that Iranian delegation also held talks with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari on the latest developments in the region and finding a way out of the current crisis in Iraq.

Sadeqi also held talks with secretary general of the Board of Theologians of Sunni population, Sheikh Hares Suleyman al-Zari.

In his negotiations with British Prime Minister Tony Blair's envoy to Iraq Richman, Sadeqi discussed the events which took place in Iraq in the past few days, particularly since April 5.

The Iranian delegation arrived in Baghdad when US officials said Washington had formally sought Iranian initiative to help resolve Iraqi crisis.

The Iraqi crisis which led to the deaths of several hundred Iraqi civilians followed by shutting down of al-Hawza daily affiliated to Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr and subsequent arrest if his aide Mustafa al-Yaqoubi.

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