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Hakim: Iran-US talks on Iraq to benefit Iraqi nation

Tehran, June 17, IRNA-Leader of the United Iraqi Alliance and Leader of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) Abdul Aziz al-Hakim here Saturday referred to Iran-US talks on Iraq and the relations of this country with the US and said that pursuing the issue is in the interest of Iraqi nation.

Speaking to reporters after meeting Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, he told reporters that given the presence of the US in Iraq and the region, such talks, which could be fruitful, were stopped due to some obstacles.

The Iraqi official hoped that the relevant obstacles will be eliminated.

"Given the achievement of the Iraqi nation in formation of a government based on the Constitution, a new phase has started in Iraq," he added.

Hakim said that Iran's government has continuously confronted Saddam Hussain's regime and incurred great loss in this regard, adding that the Iraqi people will always keep this in mind.

"After Saddam's downfall, Iran has continued to support the Iraqi nation and Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki was the first official to visit Iraq after formation of its new government," he added.

He stressed that his country's government and nation are willing to have strong ties with Iran, adding that this is due to Iran's clear stance, their common borders and the power of Iran in the region.

Turning to terrorism as one of the issues on the agenda of his talks with Mottaki, he said that terrorism against followers of the Islam and people in Iraq, tackling terrorist acts and the presence of all groups in the country's decision making were discussed at the meeting.

Hakim said that the policy of a united Iraq is based on supporting all factions.

He said that the Iraqi nation and government is interested in having good relations with all Arab and Islamic states and called on them to to follow Iran's policy to support Iraqi nation.

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