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Iraqi FM says his country to promote all-out relations with Iran

Tehran, May 18, IRNA-Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said Wednesday that his country is determined to expand all-out relations with neighboring Iran.

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He welcomed the visit of his Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharrazi to Baghdad, saying that the extensive coverage given by the global mass media to the visit indicates its significance and timing, the Information and Press Department at Iran's Foreign Ministry reported.

However, he reiterated that the remarks made by some Iraqi officials in the past (in the post-war interim government) do not reflect the approach of Iraqi government towards Iran.

The nation and government of Iraq consider Iran as their brother and friend, he added.

Iranian Foreign Minister Kharrazi stressed that top priorities should be recognized and put on the two countries' agenda.

He underlined the need for conducting pilgrimage visits, the release of Iranian prisoners in Iraqi jails and scheduling a timetable for holding meetings of various committees.

Foreign ministers of Iran and Iraq discussed bilateral relations during the first round of their talks in Baghdad on Tuesday.

Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi began his landmark trip to Iraq on Tuesday.

Kharrazi calls for expansion of all-out cooperation with Iraq

Baghdad, May 18, IRNA-Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi who is currently on a visit to Iraq said on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to broaden all-out cooperation with Iraq.

During the visit, the Iranian foreign minister is to confer with the Iraqi high ranking officials on issues of mutual interests.

In a meeting with Leader of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) Seyed Abdul Aziz al Hakim, Kharrazi reviewed the latest development in Iraq.

Expressing satisfaction with fall of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and formation of democratic government, he lauded significant role of Ulema in Iraqi developments and said the Iraqi new government should stabilize legal institutions to help restore law in the country and prepare ground for withdrawal of foreign forces from Iraq and help reconstruct an independent Iraq.

The Iraqi people should remain in the scene to help Iraqi government take fundamental strides in meeting the country's needs, he said.

Priority should be given to restoration of security in the country and peoples problems should be resolved in the course of time, he said.

A powerful government would emerge through collective cooperation of political parties and religious leaders, he said adding that the enemies should not be given any chance to cause rift between Shia, Sunni and Kurds, he said.

Al Hakim, for his part, briefed the Iranian foreign minister about latest developments in Iraq and said it is the time to call upon Iraqis to help their country's development and independence.

The Iraqi nation never forget the significant efforts of Iranians and its leadership in particular during hard time, he pointed out.

Expansion of ties between the two countries would lead to restoration of stability and security in the region, he said and called for boost in economic, industrial, commercial, pilgrimage and tourism cooperation between the two nations.

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