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Iranian FM meets Iraqi envoy, expresses deep concern over crisis in Falluja

Tehran, Nov 10, IRNA -- Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi expressed deep concern over the intensification of crisis in the Iraqi city of Falluja in a meeting with the visiting special envoy of the Iraqi prime minister in Tehran on Tuesday.

Kharrazi told Wael Abdul al-Latif, who arrived in the Iranian capital on Tuesday with a message from Prime Minister Iyad Alawi for senior Iranian officials that Iran was certainly demanding restoration of security in Iraq.

He added that Iran was seriously concerned about the worsening situation in its neighboring country.

"Tehran is strongly concerned about serious losses sustained by the Iraqi people every day and thinks that the Iraqi interim government should adopt the best solution for the Falluja crisis to prevent further worsening and complication of the present situation in that city," Kharrazi stressed.

Attaching great importance to the upcoming Iraqi election, due in next January, the foreign minister called it a turning point in Iraq's history as well as a very effective step taken by the interim government to play its crucial role in providing security to that country and prevent the repetition of past mistakes.

"We believe that it would be in the interests of both the Iranian and Iraqi nations to provide security in Iraq so that it could pave the way for further mutual cooperation between the two countries," Kharrazi told al-Latif.

Referring to the long-standing Tehran-Baghdad relations, Kharrazi stressed that the two sides should not let any ill intention damages the Iran-Iraq ties.

Al-Latif, for his part, briefed Kharrazi on Baghdad's efforts to put an end to the Falluja crisis and to the worsening situation in Iraq.

Noting that the Iraqi interim government was determined to restore security throughout the country, the Iraqi official said that it was also trying to hold the upcoming election on time so that all Iraqi people could use its legal right to determine their country's destiny.

He concluded by saying that people of Iraq have all welcomed a promotion of ties with Iran.

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