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Iranian Foreign Minister invited to attend conference of Iraq neighboring states FMs


Tehran, Jan 31, IRNA-Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has been invited to take part in a meeting of Iraq neighboring states foreign ministers.

In a message to Mottaki, a copy of which was made available to IRNA on Wednesday, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari officially invited him to attend the meeting.

"Iraq welcomes the idea of holding such a meeting in Baghdad and invites Mr. Mottaki to attend the 10th Conference of Foreign Ministers of Iraq's neighboring states in Baghdad," read the message.

Zebari hoped that the Iranian foreign minister would personally attend the meeting at the head of a high-ranking delegation.

Mottaki, accepting the invitation, hoped that through collaboration of all Iraq's neighboring states, security and stability would be restored to the country with the support of the Iraqi government and nation.

The idea for such a meeting was suggested by the Iranian foreign minister during recent visit of Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem to Tehran. It was then welcomed by the Iraqi foreign minister.

Baghdad determined to secure release of captured Iranian diplomats: Iraqi FM

TEHRAN, Jan. 30 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iraqi officials are making serious efforts to secure the release of the Iranian diplomats seized by the U.S. in Iraq, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told his Iranian counterpart Manuchehr Mottaki in a telephone conversation on Monday.

In a nighttime swoop on Iranian consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil on January 11, the U.S. troops arrested five Iranians who are still in custody.

Zebari also said that so far Iran, Syria, Turkey, Kuwait, Jordan, and the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) have agreed with a proposal by Iran to hold the conference of Iraq's neighbors in Baghdad.

On January 22, Iranian foreign minister proposed that a conference of Iraq's neighbors be held in Baghdad to discuss the country's problems especially insecurity and instability.

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