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Iranian interference in Iraq an "out of date" myth: Talabani

TEHRAN, July 29 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has said the accusations that Iran supports Iraqi militias is out of date, probably part of the ancient history.

In an interview with the U.S. Al Hurra TV last week, Talabani explained that it took Iraqi officials lots of effort to broker a face-to-face dialogue between Iran and the United States leading to the establishment of a trilateral security committee between U.S., Iran and Iraq.

Talabani with Ayatollah Khamenei (file photo, Nov. 2006)

"Our brothers in Tehran have clearly declared that it was at the request of Iraqi officials that they accepted to sit on the same table with the American diplomats," Talabani told Al Hurra network.

The Iraqi president noted that Iran had formerly rejected such a suggestion.

"In my opinion the Baghdad meeting had a good result, namely the establishment of a trilateral committee," Talabani stated.

He said the Iranians have promised to help Iraq in fighting al Qaeda-backed terrorism and help prevent instability and insecurity caused by the militias.

On rebuilding the army, the president said Iraq wants an army which defends the borders and provides security for the Iraqi nation and not an army which attacks Iran or goes to war with Turkey or makes threats against Syria.

He also called the victory of the Justice and Development Party in Turkey, a victory for all regional countries including Iraq and Iran.

... Payvand News - 7/31/07 ... --

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