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Iran's presence in Iraqi neighbors conference not decided yet

Tehran, April 12, IRNA - Iran's foreign minister said on Thursday that Iranian participation in the upcoming conference of Iraqi neighboring countries is not decided yet.

Manouchehr Mottaki said that the Baghdad Conference held in March had decided that the neighboring countries of Iraq will hold the next meeting on previous decisions within the framework of agreements among foreign ministers of the neighbors with the aim of strengthening Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's government and helping the Iraqi government establish security and stability in the war-stricken country." Mottaki made the remarks in a meeting with Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Mitoji Yabunaka.

Yabunaka submitted message of the Japanese foreign minister to Mottaki.

The two sides exchanged views on bilateral, regional and international issues.

Pointing to the latest Tehran-Tokyo consultations on developing economic cooperation, Mottaki said that the current level of trade is ordinary.

"Iran has decided to apply a new management system on foreign economic relations," he added.

Turning to the goal of the West from issuing resolutions against Iran to sow discord among Iranian government officials, he noted that they were unsuccessful to achieve their objectives.

Mottaki referred to the fragile situation in Afghanistan due to the US mismanagement and underlined the need for mutual consultations on the war-torn country.

Yabunaka, on his part, presented a report of his meetings with Iranian official, saying that Japan as a friendly country is to expand trade with Iran.

Terming Iran as an effective country in establishing stability and peace in the region, Afghanistan and Iraq in particular, he appreciated the positive role of Tehran in helping the two countries.

He expressed hope that the international community should praise Iran's positive role in this respect.

Referring to the interest of Japanese companies in Iranian market, the deputy foreign minister said, "I hope that the international community will confirm Iran's right to access peaceful nuclear energy."

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