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7/19/05

Iraq's neighboring interior ministers hold 2nd meeting in Turkey

Istanbul, July 19, IRNA-Interior ministers of the Iraqi neighboring states started their second meeting here on Tuesday to approve a draft statement put forth by an expert meeting.

Participants from Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Greece, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Bahrain are due to discuss and approve a draft statement issued by an expert meeting which was held in the Turkish capital on Monday.

The draft statement included major issues such as latest developments in Iraq, anti-terrorism campaign and ways that Baghdad neighbors could help it restore security to the war-torn country.

Iranian Interior Minister Abdolvahed Mousavi Lari represents Tehran in the the two-day meeting.

During their Monday expert meeting, officials from Iraq's neighboring states expressed solidarity with the Iraqi nation and its government.

They also stressed on the outcomes of their first meeting which was held in Tehran, Iran, in late November 2004, during which the participants had stressed on Iraq's sovereignty, its political independence and territorial integrity as well as maintaining national unity among the Iraqi nation.

The draft statement put forth at Monday expert meeting stressed on cooperation with Iraq to safeguard its border security, implementation of the UN resolution 1546 and Iraq's sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and its national unity.

It also urged prevention of any interference in the Iraqi internal affairs and condemned any form of terrorist acts.

The special representative of the the United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan for Iraq was also present at the meeting.

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