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Talabani urges Iran to attend Iraq meeting in Sharm al-Sheikh

Baghdad, April 16, IRNA - Iraqi President Jalal Talabani in a meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad Hassan Kazemi Qomi here Monday said given that Iran is a significant regional country, it should take part in the upcoming Sharm al-Sheikh meeting in Egypt.

He expressed his country's understanding of Iran's stance on its kidnapped diplomats, adding that Iraqi officials will do their best to release them soon.

Talabani called on Iran to attend the upcoming event, given that its participation is quite vital to Iraq.

Concerning the venue of the meeting, he said, "We attempted to hold the session in Baghdad.

"However, security problems made us change our plans and out of the several cities which were proposed to host the next foreign ministers meeting of Iraq's neighboring states, we selected Egypt's Sharm al-Sheikh."

The Iraqi president said that Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Berham Saleh is getting ready to visit Iran soon.

Meanwhile, assessing the relations between Iraq's Kurdistan and Iran as favorable, he said that their exchange of views have been very effective in solving many regional problems.

For his part, Kazemi Qomi referred to Iran-Iraq favorable ties and called for expansion of such relations and further attempts of Iraqi officials toward releasing the Iranian diplomats detained in Iraq.

He also declared Iran's readiness for solving the problems facing Iraq, particularly its reconstruction.

"By relying on its potentials and experience gained through the past years, Iran can take significant measures in settling the difficulties encountered in Iraq," he concluded.

Iran's presence in Sharm el-Sheikh meet under study: FM

Damascus, April 18, IRNA - Visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said here Tuesday evening that the issue of Iran's participation in the upcoming meeting of Iraqi neighboring states, to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, is under study.

The meeting of Iraqi neighboring countries is scheduled to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh in the near future. Permanent members of the UN Security Council -- Britain, France, China, Russia and the US -- are also to attend the meeting.

"We are studying the case. We still have time," Mottaki told reporters.

Mottaki arrived in Damascus Tuesday night after he wound up a day-long visit to Turkey. He was welcomed at the airport by his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Moualem to discuss ongoing critical situation in Iraq as well as other regional developments including the Lebanese and Palestinian issues.

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