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4/18/06

Iranian diplomat comments on Iraq situation

TEHRAN, Apr. 17 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iran's charge d'affaires in Iraq, Hassan Kazemi Qomi, said on Monday that Iran believes the new Iraqi government must be formed without any question of interference, adding, "Maybe the shadow of the Iran-U.S. talks hanging over Iraq will not have a positive effect on this matter."

He told the Mehr News Agency that in his recent meeting with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, they called for the Iran-U.S. talks to be expedited.

Iran will view the talks as positive if they turn out to be conducive to resolving the problems of Iraq, he noted.

These talks must be held before the cameras with an Iraqi representative and the outcome must be publicly announced, he said.

He predicted that the new Iraqi government would be established in the near future.

All Iraqi groups and parties are in consensus that an Iraqi national unity government must be formed; however, their differences on choosing a single candidate for the post of prime minister have delayed the formation of the government, he pointed out.

Both Iran and the United States are in consensus that an Iraqi national unity government must be formed as soon as possible, however, the difference is that Tehran believes that the government should be formed based on the outcome of the elections, but Washington insists that it should be based on a compromise among the three main groups, the Shia Arabs, the Sunni Arabs, and the Kurds, Qomi added.

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