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Iranian FM says Bush has just two ways ahead in Iraq

Tehran, Jan 21, IRNA-Minister of Foreign Affairs Manouchehr Mottaki said on Sunday that president George W. Bush has only two ways ahead in Iraq.

Mottaki told reporters that Bush should either change his policy according to the Baker-Hamilton recommendation which conveys sense of failure or continue the Republicans' arrogant approach in order to cover up US failure in Iraq.

Accompanying president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Majlis to submit the rls 2,290,414 billion budget bill of 1386 (to be started March 21, 2007), he underlined that the US pursues plots in Iraq, but Iran will reveal them sooner.

He said that the US objective from imposing sanctions on Iran is to cover up its failure in Iraq, adding, "We do not see any success of the US recent obstinacy in the Arab country."

He also pointed to the phone conversation with his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari on the release of Iranian diplomats kidnapped in Erbil, Iraq, and said that they will be released soon.

"The US consultations with certain Arab countries in the region is considered as part of outdated strategies, while Iran has friendly relations with the states," he added.

Foreign ministers of Qatar and Syria are due to visit Tehran in the coming days, and the neighboring countries will hold talks in friendly atmospheres, he noted.

Touching on Tehran-Pyongyang ties, he said that Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) delegation recently visited Tehran, and Iran's deputy FM paid a visit to Pyongyang at his Korean counterpart's invitation.

Turning to the plan of his impeachment in the Majlis, he said that the legislators have the right to question cabinet members, and ministers are obliged to provide them with adequate reply.

... Payvand News - 1/21/07 ... --

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