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Iranian president voices hope for successful Iraqi referendum, blames unrest on continued occupation

Tehran, Oct 11, IRNA-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that Iraq's unrest is mainly due to presence of foreign troops and occupiers and that continued occupation will cause division between Iraq and neighboring states.

In a meeting with Iraqi prime minister's special envoy and Minister of Transport Salam Oudeh al-Maliki, President Ahmadinejad said that contrary to conspiracy of the external forces, the Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to do its best to help resolve differences between Iraq and its neighboring states.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran supports establishment of a democratic government in Iraq and is looking for ending the current dilemma and going ahead with reconstruction of the country," President Ahmadinejad said.

Ahmadinejad voiced the concern of the Iranian nation and government about current situation in Iraq and said Iran stands by the Iraqi people and would do its best to alleviate their sufferings.

The Iranian president hoped that referendum will be held successfully in Iraq (on October 15) and the Iraqi people would see full establishment of the government soon.

"All Iraqi political or ethnic groups should develop solidarity and act vigilantly to thwart conspiracies of the enemies," he said.

"I hope that the Iraqi people will leave behind the current ordeal proudly, overcome the difficulties and embrace freedom as they deserve to," President Ahmadinejad said.

He said the Iraqi nation enjoys rich civilization and culture and advised the Iraqi government to use young managers at higher echelons of administration to tackle the difficult situation in line with national interests.

Ahmadinejad said that holy shrines of Imams of Prophet Mohammad's (PBUH) infallible household are effective in deepening brotherly relations between Iran and Iraq and hoped that the accords on travel of pilgrims from both sides would be enforced soon without any limitations.

He said that Iran would make contributions to municipalities of holy Najaf, Samarra and Karbala for rendering better services to pilgrims of the holy shrines in those Iraqi cities.

Al-Maliki conveyed the warm greetings of Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari to the Iranian president and thanked Iran for its political and security assistance to Iraq.

The Iraqi minister said that the Islamic Republic of Iran has played an effective role in helping restore tranquility and stability in Iraq.

He said that Iran-Iraq cooperation would benefit the entire region.

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