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Iran to help restore security in Iraq, says Larijani

Tehran, March 17, IRNA-The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to contribute to any efforts being in interest of Iraq and its security, said Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani in Tehran on Friday.

"Iran wishes the Iraqi nation would live in their country without interference of the occupiers," Larijani noted on the sidelines of a meeting with a group of Basiji academics and elite here on Friday.

The talks between Iran and the US on the issue are not on the table, said Larijani, adding, "We will candidly recount to the public the words which should be said."

The core issue is the problems that the occupiers have created in Iraq, said Larijani, adding that Iraqi leaders think they can have an independent state through Iran's cooperation with Iraq's future government.

Larijani ruled out any connection between Iran's nuclear case and its readiness to contribute to settlement of Iraqi crisis.

"At present there is no connection between the issue and Iran's nuclear case," said Iran's top nuclear negotiator.

Iraqi leaders, including the Shiite leader Hakim and President Jalal Talabani, had on many occasions raised the call on Iran, said the official.

Larijani said, "Iran's motive behind assistance to the Iraqi nation is helping establishment of lasting security in Iraq, and helping it get rid of the occupiers' tyranny... and there is no other hidden issue in that connection.

"We insist speaking openly and once again announce that we are ready to help install an independent state in Iraq."

Iran said on Thursday it accepted a proposal by the leading Iraqi Shiite leader Hakim to open a dialogue with the United States on Iraq.

Mottaki: Iran to talk with US in line with assisting Iraq

Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in Tehran on Friday that Iran is ready to hold direct negotiations with the United States in line with its humanitarian contributions to Iraq and to assist the government-building process there.

Speaking as the pre-sermon speaker at Tehran Friday Prayers on last Friday of the Iranian year 1384 (ending on March 20th), Mottaki said, "Some political circles and US government spokesmen have begun a round of opportunist strategies in that respect, while the Islamic Republic of Iran's stands are crystal clear."

He added, "The only existing contradiction is to be sought in US conduct in Iraq."

Referring to the looming insecurity prevailing in Iraq today, Mottaki said, "Despite having suffered grave losses during Saddam's eight-year imposed war, Iran has always supported the territorial integrity of Iraq and national solidarity of the Iraqi nation during the past couple of years."

The Iranian top diplomat added, "Iran has also always been assisting the process of democratic reforms in Iraq and been asking for the full exit of the occupiers, all of which have roots in the nobility of the Iranian nation, and would be marked as the glorious conduct of the Iranian government eternally."

The Minister of Foreign Affairs said, "We have never had a sectarian approach towards Iraq and have permanently been insisting on the need for cooperation among all tribes and sects there, and even sponsored two international conferences in line with those objectives."

He emphasized, "Iraq is confronted with a challenge today since despite the announcement of the results of the elections and the establishment of the parliament still no government has taken shape there, because those that interpret the developments in Iraq waywardly have not achieved their pre-defined objectives."

Mottaki referred to the prevailing terrorist moves and the continuation of occupation of Iraq as two major challenges with which Iraq is faced today, arguing, "Iran supports the time schedules for the evacuation of occupiers and the phased plans for establishment of democracy in Iraq."

The Iranian Foreign Minister drew conclusion, "Therefore, we accept Ayatollah Hakim's recent proposal for holding talks with the United States on Iraq, keeping in mind the particular conditions in that country today, and are ready to hold talks with Washington on issues related to Iraq.

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