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Jordan FM assesses ties with Iran as good

Amman, Jan 7, IRNA -- Jordan Foreign Minister Hani Mulki on Thursday assessed bilateral relations with Iran as good, expressing hope Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi would pay an official visit to Amman in the near future.

Talking to reporters in Amman at the end of a foreign ministerial meeting of Iraqi neighboring states, Mulki said Iran and Jordan enjoy good relations and added differences of opinion should be patched up through dialogue.

He stressed Iran and the Iraqi neighboring states enjoy close stance on the country's upcoming elections, saying all neighboring states stressed that the election should be held on time.

The minister said different Iraqi groups including Shiites and Sunnis should participate in the election and determine the future of their country.

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Gholam Ali Khoshrou on Thursday night stressed the importance of holding timely elections in Iraq as a step in establishing peace and stability in that country.

Addressing the meeting of Iraqi neighboring states in the Jordanian capital city of Amman, Khoshrou said stability and peace in Iraq would play an important role in the regional security.

He said foreign ministers of Iraq's neighbors voiced readiness to equip and train the Iraqi police force if demanded by the country.

He termed current situation in Iraq as sensitive and added establishment of security, national solidarity and preventing actions which lead to clashes and domestic differences would be decisive factors in helping the Iraqi nation.

"The Iraqi nation, like other nations, has the right to determine their destiny free from any foreign interference," Khoshrou said.

The conference of the Iraqi neighboring states wrapped up its work in Amman Thursday night. Egypt, Bahrain and UN representative to Iraq were among other participants of the conference.

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