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Turmoil in Iraq against Iran's interest: Iranian FM

New York, Sept 30, IRNA -- Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said that establishment of stability in Iraq will also bring stability in Iran and turmoil in that country is against Iran's interest.

Addressing members of Asia Society in New York late Tuesday, Kharrazi alluded to the regional development and foreign policy of Islamic Republic, and said continued instability in Iraq had raised serious questions about the real goals behind the invasion of that country.

He described the false allegations brought up against Iran as an obstacle to the use of its potentials in helping the Iraqi people and transitional government.

Referring to the cultural and historical commonalties between Iran and Iraq, he extended Iran's full support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Iraq.

The minister further said that bolstering Iran-Iraq economic and commercial ties would be in the interests of both sides, adding Iran was intent on consolidating its state-run and private sectors.

"Establishment of Iraqi transitional government and national congress were among the steps taken to transform it into an independent country.

"Iran believes that United Nation should play its role in the development process in Iraq."

He added that Iran's national interests called for regional and international interactions, saying any crisis in neighboring countries would have an impact on Iran's security.

He stressed that his country had never been an initiator of war and bloodshed.

"Iran follows mutual respects and confidence building in its foreign policy," he said.

He said that Iran's strategy toward war, is merely defensive and weapons of mass destruction had no place in this strategy.

Kharrazi, also delivered a speech at the annual meeting of foreign ministers of Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) member states held at the UN Headquarter.

At the meeting, he said that the measures taken by several people calling themselves Islamic groups as well as negative propaganda against Muslims had contributed to damaging the image of Islam.

"The outcome of these measures was hatred, discrimination and arrogance toward Muslims in the several western countries," he added.

He called on the OIC members find a proper solutions for these issues.

"OIC should do its utmost to resolve the problems facing Islamic countries and prepare a better conditions for Islamic nations all over the world."

He also said that an end to occupation of Palestine, establishment of a Palestinian state and the return of all Palestinian to their homeland were the only ways of resolving the Palestinian crisis.

He further said that political development in Afghanistan had reached a sensitive point in view of the upcoming presidential and legislative parliament elections.

"Iran has taken steps to back the Afghan government as well as in the reconstruction of that country," he said adding it paved the way for Afghan refugees in Iran to participate in the elections.

... Payvand News - 9/30/04 ... --

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