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President Khatami: Iran can by no means tolerate attack on Najaf

Tehran, Aug 7, IRNA -- President Mohammad Khatami said on Saturday that under no circumstances Iran can tolerate any attack on holy cities such as Najaf.

Speaking to reporters at Mehrabad International Airport upon his arrival from Azerbaijan, he referred to US military attack on the holy city of Najaf in Iraq and said "I do not think that the occupiers will be able to solve their problems through aggressive means and this will only widen the gap between them and Iraqi nation."

All freedom-seeking Muslims respect Imam Ali (AS), he said adding that the assault is considered as violation of the faith and beliefs of Shi'ite Muslims around the globe.

He expressed the hope that security and stability would be restored to the war-shattered Iraq as soon as possible.

Pointing to his recent visit to Republic of Azerbaijan, he said signing of ten MoU's on political, economic, security, cultural and commercial affairs were among the achievements of the visit.

The Number and diversity of signed documents indicated the success of his visit, he said.

The two sides have created a peaceful atmosphere to help broaden mutual cooperation, he said.

Expansion of ties between Tehran and Baku would be to the benefit of both countries as well as all other countries of the region, he said.

Khatami described his negotiations with his Azeri counterpart as very fruitful.

Khatami, who headed a high-ranking economic and political delegation, met with senior Azeri officials and discussed ways to bolster cultural, economic and political ties.

The president delivered speeches at Azerbaijan's Academy of Science and Parliament and hold a meeting with the country's ulema and Muslim intellectuals.

Iran and Azerbaijan signed 10 documents for cooperation in various security, economic, transportation and cultural fields.

Khatami arrived in the historical city of Ganjeh on the last leg of his official visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan. While in Ganjeh, he visited the mausoleum of the 12th-century prominent Iranian poet Nezami Ganjavi as well as the Shah Abbas Mosque.

President Khatami and his entourage arrived in the Azeri capital of Baku on Thursday for a three-day visit at the official invitation of his Azeri counterpart, Ilham Aliyev.

The Azerbaijan Republic is one of the five littoral states of the oil-rich Caspian Sea. To the south, it is bounded by Iran, to the west by Armenia, to the northwest by Georgia, and to the north by the Russian Republic of Daghestan.

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