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Iraqi president to visit Tehran on Monday

Tehran, Nov 26, IRNA-Iraqi President Jalal Talabani will pay an official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran on Monday at the head of a delegation, an informed source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told IRNA on Sunday. A number of Iraqi ministers, members of parliament, experts and working groups will accompany Talabani.

Iran's Ambassador to Iraq Hassan Kazemi Qomi in Baghdad on Friday submitted an official invitation by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Talabani to visit Tehran.

Talabani has earlier been to Iran after the downfall of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and the establishment of a new government in the country.

As head of the Iraqi transitional government, Talabani paid his second visit to Iran on November 21, 2005 at the head of a politico-economic delegation.

Iran and Iraq have expanded ties and cooperation in various fields in recent years.

The two countries signed a memorandum of understanding on promoting political and economic ties and the reconstruction of Iraq during a visit by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to Tehran in September.

Iran is second home for Iraqi, Syrian presidents

Tehran, Nov 26, IRNA-Iran is second home for both Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad Ali Hosseini said on Sunday.

He made the remarks while speaking to domestic and foreign reporters in his weekly briefing.

In response to a question about the tripartite meeting of Iranian, Iraqi and Syrian presidents to discuss practical ways to stop bloodshed in Iraq, he said that tripartite meeting was not on the agenda, though it is a good plan.

Hosseini said that the delay in Talabani's tour to Iran was due to the human disaster caused by terrorist bombing in Sadr City district of Baghdad on Thursday and state of emergency prompted by death of 250 innocent people and injury of 300 others, a reference to the curfew and shut-down of Baghdad airport since Thursday.

The spokesman said that the terrorist attacks in Iraq are masterminded by those targeting the unity of Shia and Sunni Muslims.

"While innocent people get killed in Iraq before the eyes of US troops, the American officials are pressing ahead with their wrong policies in the country," he noted.

Hosseini said that the crisis in Iraq can only be resolved by the patience and self-restraint of different factions, protection of national unity, withdrawal of foreign forces and hand-over of national affairs to Iraqis themselves.

Concerning the assassination of Lebanese minister of industries, Pierre Gemayel, he said that the terrorist attack took place after the victory of Lebanese resistance forces, when tranquility was required in the country.

He hoped that Lebanon would stay clear of the US and Zionist regime influence and that the nation will proceed with national resolve to bring about independence and welfare.

Asked about the visit of Malaysian foreign minister Hamid Albar to Tehran, he said that it aimed to expand economic ties, adding that 50 percent growth has been observed in the volume of trade exchanges between the two sides in the current year.

In reply to a question whether or not Japan has suspended dlrs 10 million development loan to Iran under the US influence. he said, "Such a news has been published. We should wait and see what's is the matter. Japanese officials sometimes speak in a way that you think they are under US influence."

Asked to comment on the rumors that the US intends to stage a coup in Iraq by preparing the grounds for release of Saddam Hussein's former deputy prime minister, Tareq Aziz, and continuous explosions in the country, he said, "Iran has repeatedly called for the US revise its approach, given failure of its policies in the region." "Unfortunately, based on the news available, it is evident that even if some changes are underway in the US policies situation in Iraq is getting deteriorated."

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