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Khatami: Iran will do its best to promote security, stability in Iraq

Tehran, July 17, IRNA- Iranian President Mohammad Khatami in a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari in Tehran Sunday said that though Iraq's enemies wish for sustained insecurity in the country, Iran will use its expertise towards renovation of Iraq and promotion of its security and stability.

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The chief executive said that Iraq's neighbors and allies are bound to take an active part in the country's renovation.

He noted that security, stability and progress of the two neighboring states are interconnected and that Iran's strategic policy is to support a free, independent, advanced and secure Iraq.

The president urged that reconstruction and development of the country is of high priority and noted that given its numerous resources and potentials, Iraq deserves to have a proper status on the international scene.

Expressing satisfaction with the developments in Iraq leading to coexistence among various beliefs and tribes as well as emergence of an independent, unified and powerful coalition in the country, he said, "Establishment of a democratic system in line with the cultural criteria of people, will respond to the sufferings of the Iraqis." Khatami hoped that Jafari's visit to Iran will set a turning point in the bilateral historical relations and will make up for the great loss incurred by Saddam Hussein's regime.

Turning to the role and efforts of Jafari towards protection of the Iraqis' rights and freedom as well as the position of Mesopotamia in flourishing and promotion of the Islamic civilization, he said, "Though the Islamic civilization taught the world to be negligent, it is witnessed that some powers intend to introduce the same idea as well as freedom to the world of Islam."

Dismissing the reactionary views paving the way for the enemies insurgence in the Islamic world on the pretext of backwardness, he said that today cultural dialogue in the international system and even in countries such as Iran has overshadowed authoritative dialogue.

According to a report released by the Media Department of the Presidential Office, for his part, Jafari pointed to the bilateral cultural and historical exchanges in the past and welcomed the idea of further expansion of relations in all domains.

The premier referred to the excellent progress in Iran as a sign of advancement and growth of the Iranian government and nation.

He referred to national developments in Iraq, coexistence among various tribes, religions and groups and noted that establishment of security and stability in the country will be in the interest of all regional states.

Jafari expounded on the latest political developments in the country and said, "We are now situated at the threshold of a new stage and fortunately positive steps have been taken within the framework of joint cooperation commissions to draw up a constitution."

He pointed to the terrorist attacks against innocent Iraqi people, in particular children and women, and occurrence of violence in other regions and the entire world and said that a common double effort is now required to counteract such an ominous phenomenon.

Jafari referred to Islam as a religion featuring affection, peace and humanity and reiterated the need to launch campaign against terrorism which does not recognize any boundaries in order to protect the human respect based on common ideas and experience.

He lauded the president's personality and thoughts, in particular his initiative of `Dialogue Among Civilizations' and said, "President Khatami's political ideas will not end at the closure of his presidential term in office. He could rather be more dynamic than ever in introducing the advanced and modern Islam to other civilizations."

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