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Khatami: Iran considers power handover in Iraq a good omen

Baghdad, July 17, IRNA -- Tehran views the handover of sovereignty to the interim Iraqi government as a good omen, said President Mohammad Khatami in a message to Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi here on Saturday.

President Mohammad Khatami, in the message, which was handed over to Allawi by Iran's charge d'affaires to Baghdad, Kazemi Qomi, expressed hope that it would serve as a prelude for full sovereignty and independence of the country and the withdrawal of foreign troops.

Qomi said at the meeting that Tehran is ready to have any kind of cooperation with Baghdad, particularly in the field of security.

He hoped that the Iraqi interim government will take essential steps to hold nationwide elections in Iraq.

He said Iran is fully ready to contribute to Iraq's reconstruction, especially implementation of the oil, energy and road projects which greatly contribute to restoration of security in its western neighbor.

Allawi said a new page has opened in history of Iran-Iraq relations, that are fraternal and cordial. He called for adoption of practical measures to promote mutual friendship.

As for the outlawed terrorist Mujahideen Khalq Organization (MKO) members, Allawi said Iraq's interim government would not allow Iraq to be turned into an insecure base for Iran.

He welcomed a fair that is to open in Iraq in the next two weeks, in which 300 Iranian and Iraqi traders are to showcase their products and services.

They also called for facilitating pilgrimage visits by Iranian and Iraqi nationals.

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