September 12, 2006, RFE/RL -- Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinejad today pledged to help authorities in Iraq stabilize their country. Addressing a news briefing after talks with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamil al-Maliki, Ahmadinejad said that "Iraq's security is Iran's security."
Al-Maliki in turn said he had made a "good discussion" with his Iranian host. He said he saw "no barrier" to cooperation between the two countries, "even in security issues."
Officials in Baghdad have in the past said they suspect Tehran of fostering unrest among Iraq's Shi'ite majority.
Al-Maliki is in Iran on a two-day visit aimed at examining ways to improve relations between the two neighbors.
The Iraqi prime minister, who is traveling with several cabinet ministers and lawmakers, is also due to meet with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and other Iranian officials.
(IRNA, IRIB, AFP)
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