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Iran keen to expand relations with Iraqi transitional government

Baghdad, June 2, IRNA -- Iran will cooperate with Iraqi transitional government as it did with the governing council due to Iraq's important status in the region's security and economy, Iran's Charge d'Affaires in Baghdad Hassan Kazemi Qomi said here Tuesday.

Talking to IRNA, he expressed hope Iraqi transitional government would do its utmost to hold elections in that country.

Qomi highlighted the important role the Iraqi transitional overnment would play in establishing national parliament, codifying permanent constitution and holding elections, and voiced Iran's determination to bolster ties with Iraq, help its government and ontribute to reconstruction work in the neighboring country.

"Tehran tries to have close relations with Iraqi transitional government like what it had previously with the governing council," he observed.

"Iran hopes the transitional government would prepare the grounds for holding elections and establishing a popular government in Iraq. And in those circumstances Tehran would expand cooperation with such government," the official added.

Pointing to Iraqi reconstruction, he underlined that Iraq demands cooperation and interaction with all countries and neighboring states in particular.

He said Iraqi new president would play a positive role in Iraqi reconstruction, independence and expansion of interactions with neighboring states.

Tribal leader Sheikh Ghazi Yawar on Tuesday was chosen president of the Iraqi interim administration due to take over on June 30 after elder statesman Adnan Pachachi rejected the post.

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