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Iraqi neighboring states hold conference in Tehran

Tehran, Nov 30, IRNA -- Senior experts from Iraq's neighboring countries gathered at Sa'adabad complex in Tehran on Tuesday to exchange views on Iraq crisis.

At the meeting chaired by Iran's Deputy Interior Minister for Security Affairs Ali Asghar Ahmadi, senior experts from Turkey, Iran, Kuwait, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Iraq studied the statement issued by Iran on Iraqi issues.

Restoration of stability and security to the war-torn country as well as further controls over its borders are included in the statement, said an Iranian expert.

The meeting of Iraq's neighboring countries interior ministers is to be held here a few hours later.

The meeting comes one week after the foreign ministers of Iraq's neighboring countries joined representatives of major powers in an international conference on Iraq held in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on November 23 to discuss humanitarian situation and security in the war-torn country.

Ali Asghar Ahmadi noted Sunday that the topics for discussion in the meeting will be 'Iraq's situation, control of common borders, assistance to Iraqi border guards as well as cooperation of neighboring countries with the Iraqi government'.

He said the interior ministers of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt as well as a representative of the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan will participate in the meeting.

The inaugural ceremonies of the meeting will be held in the afternoon of Tuesday, and the meeting of the specialists and specialized roundtables will be held Wednesday in the presence of the interior ministers of Iraq and Egypt, Ahmadi added.

The meeting will be wrapped up Wednesday with the release of a statement, he said, adding that fighting terrorism as well as emphasis on Iraq's independence and territorial integrity are among the points incorporated into the draft document.

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