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Iran strongly backs security, progress in Iraq: President

Tehran, Nov 17, IRNA-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Thursday that Iran strongly supported efforts to establish security, authority and progress in Iraq.

Ahmadinejad made the remark at a meeting with the visiting Iraqi National Security Advisor Mowafaq al-Rubai, who arrived in Tehran on Tuesday for a three-day official visit at the head of a political delegation.

"The Islamic Republic is willing to share all its expertise in various fields to the Iraqi nation and government so that the country can walk proudly in the path of progress and development," he said.

He voiced concern over the continuing lack of security in Iraq, adding that this has become a pretext of the occupiers to continue their stay in the country.

He expressed hope conditions would improve in the country and peace and tranquility would reign so that the newly installed Iraqi government can work effectively.

Ahmadinejad also stressed on regional states the need to maintain friendly ties and to be vigilant and united, saying, "A powerful and advanced Iraq will be the best friend of the Islamic Republic." Al-Rubai, for his part, praised the all-out support of the Iranian nation and government for his country in particularly difficult times, and called for enhancement of bilateral ties in the economic, security and political fields.

He also called for a follow-up of agreements reached between the two countries during Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari's recent visit to Iran.

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