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Rafsanjani: Iran ready to assist Iraqis without strings attached

Tehran, June 28, IRNA-Iran's offer of assistance to the Iraqi people is not out of a desire to obtain benefits, Expediency Council Chaimrna Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said in Tehran on Tuesday evening.

Talking to the visiting former Iraqi prime minister Ibrahim Jaafari, Rafsanjani said Iran was ready to assist the neighboring country as a "friend."

"The Islamic Republic of Iran will defend and support the Iraqi people out of Islamic and humanitarian considerations and will continue to play its constructive role under the new conditions in order to alleviate their sufferings and pain."

The EC chairman voiced Iran's readiness to assist the Iraqi people in various technical, industrial and service fields.

Stressing the need to continue coordination among the various political groups in Iraq, he said progress, welfare and sustainable security would only be realized if the people, particularly the country's ethnic and political groups, were united.

Jaafari, who arrived here Monday, said establishment of security in Iraq was currently was the most important demand of the Iraqi people along with better living conditions and access to jobs.

Briefing Rafsanjani on the latest political, economic and social developments in Iraq, he said the Iraqi government and people were facing numerous challenges and pinning their hopes on neighboring countries, especially Iran, to assist them in their current difficulties.

In the meeting, the former Iraqi prime minister called for Iranian assistance to develop his country, particularly its industries.

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