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Iraq calls for expansion of ties with Iran: Iraqi FM

Baghdad, May 21, IRNA-Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari on Sunday called for expansion of relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

According to a statement issued by the Iraqi Foreign Ministry, Zebari was speaking in a meeting with the Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad Hassan Kazemi Qomi.

During the meeting, the Iraqi foreign minister underlined that his country will strive to further broaden all out good neighborly ties with all countries, particularly its neighbors, and called for exchange of visits by officials of both countries to discuss issues of mutual interests.

He also expressed satisfaction about the upcoming visit of Iranian foreign minister to Baghdad and described the visit as a sign of Iran's determination to support the Iraqi government.

The Iranian ambassador, for his part, felicitated the Iraqi foreign minister on his reinstatement to the post and voiced Iran's desire to establishment of peace and tranquility in Iraq along with expansion of all out ties between the two countries.

Kazemi Qomi also extended an invitation to Iraqi foreign minister to pay an official visit to Iran.

Iran, Iraq discuss issues of mutual interest

Tehran, May 22, IRNA-Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and Iraqi Ambassador to Tehran Mohammad Majid al-Sheikh here Sunday met to discuss issues of mutual interest.

Mottaki, expressing felicitations over the formation of the new Iraqi government after months of delay, said "the new Iraqi government (which has been approved by the parliament of Iraq) can pave the way for establishment of a popular government and a return of stability and security to the country."

He said Iran regards formation of the new Iraqi cabinet as a "very important step in the process of establishing a democractic government based on the will of all political, tribal and religious groups" in the country.

He praised the latest "positive" developments in Iraq and wished the new Iraqi government success.

"We hope the new government will take all that is necessary to restore security, work for the welfare of the Iraqi people as well as remove sources of insecurity," Mottaki said.

He expressed Iran's readiness to help the new Iraqi government achieve its goals and, for this purpose, sponsor a meeting of foreign ministers of Iraq's neighboring states in Tehran with the aim of discussing ways of strengthening the newly established government.

The Iraqi ambassador, for his part, gave a synopsis of latest developments in the cabinet and expressed his appreciation over Iran's support for the new Iraqi government of national unity.

He said he hoped the new government would gain strength with the passing of time and through regular consultations between senior officials of Tehran and Baghdad.

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