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Rafsanjani: Iran ready for comprehensive assistance to Iraqi nation

Tehran, Dec 27, IRNA-Expediency Council Head Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said in Tehran on Wednesday Iran is ready for offering any kind of assistance to Iraqi nation, Expecting nothing in return.

The newly re-elected IRI Leadership Experts Assembly member made the comment in a meeting with visiting Iraqi Treasure Minister Baqer Bayan Jabr al-Zubaidi, adding, "Under favorable conditions for cooperation, Tehran can fulfill requirements of the Iraqi nation, particularly in service sector."

Rafsanjani pointed out that strengthening Tehran-Baghdad economic ties can save both nations' interests, adding, "Lingering insecurity in Iraq is an obstacle in the way for your country's development and advancement."

He added, "Restoration of peace and stability in Iraq is possible relying on effective assistance of Iraq's neighbors and the evacuation of the occupiers, so that the entire region would enjoy security once again."

Rafsanjani described the Iraqi nation's movement towards taking the lead of their destiny as "fruitful", adding, "Unity of the Iraqi nation is an effective factor in their growth and blossoming." The Iraqi Treasure Minister, too, during the meeting said that expansion of economic ties between the two nations is a good beginning for the expansion of comprehensive cooperation, adding, "Construction is the Iraqi nation's need of the day."

Al-Zubaidi added, "We would try to proceed on that path through the establishment of peace and stability."

He said that detainment of the Iranian guests of the Iraqi President by US forces is an undiplomatic move, adding, "The Iraqi officials would do their best to settle the unfortunate incidence as soon as possible.

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