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Iran ready to help Iraq establish security: Supreme Leader

TEHRAN, June 26 (Mehr News Agency) -- Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei told Iraqi President Jalal Talabani here on Tuesday that Iran is ready to provide any kind of assistance to the Iraqi government to help it establish security. "The Americans oppose the development of relations between Iran and Iraq and are trying to disrupt them," Ayatollah Khamenei added.

However, Iran and Iraq should "stand against" this move, he advised.

Talabani (left) meeting Khameini in Tehran

He said it is absolutely necessary to reinforce unity among the Iraqi people, especially among the country's political and cultural elites.

The intelligence services of the U.S., the Zionist regime, and certain other countries that are allied with them are the main culprits behind the security problems and crimes in Iraq, the Leader stated.

The Islamic Republic of Iran seriously supports Iraq's leadership, which includes the president, the prime minister, the cabinet, and the parliament, he added.

The opponents of Iraq, with the U.S. and Britain in the lead, are in fact opposed to the will and interests of the people, he observed.

Unfortunately, some regional countries are also acting against the interests of the Iraqi people, he noted.

He also criticized the U.S. for arming certain terrorist groups in Iraq.

"This will hurt the Americans themselves because until a few years ago they also armed some groups in Afghanistan and they witnessed the results."

Talabani said Iraq believes the expansion of relations with Iran is a necessity and will pursue the matter very seriously, despite the opposition of the enemies.

And Iraq will not halt its efforts to expand relations with Iran under foreign pressure, the Iraqi president added.

In an earlier meeting, Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad told Talabani that Iran has always been prepared to contribute to the "welfare and progress" of Iraqi people.

Ahmadinejad described the "brotherly" relations between Iran and Iraq as "deep-rooted" and said, "Tehran sees no limit for the expansion of cooperation with Baghdad in various areas."

The Iranian president also expressed hope that the ground would be prepared for accelerated reconstruction efforts in Iraq.

Talabani thanked Iranian officials for the help they provided to the Iraqi people, saying, "Today, the governments of Iran and Iraq are taking steps for improving the wellbeing of the two countries' peoples."

He went on to say that Tehran-Baghdad relations are expanding and Iraq is eager to make use of Iran's valuable experiences in various fields.

The Iraqi president is also scheduled to visit ailing Iraqi Shia politician Abdel Aziz al-Hakim, who is in Iran for cancer treatment.

The Iraqi president arrived here on Tuesday for a two-day visit. Talabani also visited Iran in November 2006.

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