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Larijani confers with Ayatollah Sistani on regional developments

Najaf, May 1, IRNA - Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani conferred on Tuesday with Ayatollah Sistani on regional developments.

Larijani on the last day of his visit to Iraq arrived in Najaf on Tuesday and met with Ayatollah Sistani, the spiritual leader of Shiite Muslims in Iraq.

After the meeting, Larijani took part at a press conference and outlines the outcome of the meeting.

Speaking to reporters, he said they reviewed the current regional developments as well as ties between Iran and Iraq.

Expressing his satisfaction with his meeting with the spiritual leader of Iraqi Shiite Muslims, he highlighted the significant role of Ayatollah Sistani in Iraq's developments.

On the news published by some media on probable meeting between US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on the sidelines of the upcoming Sharm el-Sheikh conference in Egypt, he said whatever broadcast or disseminated by media is not necessarily true and that Iran would take proper decision in this regard in due time.

On recent allegations raised by US administration about Iran's support for Shiite and Sunni extremists in Iraq, he said the Americans are themselves aware of the realities and know those who support extremist groups and those who dispatch car bombs to Iraqi cities.

Larijani heading a delegation arrived in Iraq on Sunday to confer with the country's officials on expansion of mutual cooperation and review regional developments.

EU welcomes Iran's participation in Sharm el-Sheikh confab

Brussels, May 1, IRNA - The European Union has welcomed the decision by the Islamic Republic of Iran to take part in the conference on Iraq in Egypt later this week.

"The European Union very much welcomes the fact that Iran will be represented at a high level in the Sharm el-Sheik Conference. We have high hopes that this conference will have an important impact in the process of stabilization of Iraq," Cristina Gallach, spokesperson for EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana told IRNA in Brussels Tuesday.

"The presence of Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki shows how serious the Iranian leaders take the stabilization of Iraq," she noted.

Leaders from Iraq's neighbours, the five permanent UN Security Council members and the G-8 will meet in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Thursday and Friday to discuss ways to stabilize Iraq.

Iran's Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani in a meeting with Iraqi Vice President Adel Abdul-Mahdi on Monday said that no miracle is expected from the international Sharm el-Sheikh conference.

The SNSC secretary added that if the upcoming event aims to support the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maleki and contribute to the country's stability and security, Iran will stand up for it.

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