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Iraq's Hakim urges Tehran-Washington talks at highest level

TEHRAN, Nov. 03 (ISNA)-Iraqi government requests the continuation of Tehran-Washington negotiations over Iraq at the highest possible level, said the supreme Iraqi Islamic council leader (SIIC), Abdul Aziz Hakim in his interview with ISNA reporter.

According to him the Iraqi government and factions ask more talks and political bargaining between Iran and the U.S. believing that the talks have positive impacts on Iraq.

"These negotiations have great impacts on security and stability of Iraq and it will help the Iraqis to regain complete security and independency of their country."

The last step in this regard was Iraq's president request from Bush in their recent meeting to continue the talks with Iran in the highest level possible, the SIIC leader said.

Elsewhere in his interview he emphasized that Baghdad relations with Tehran are to the benefit of Iraq.

Iran is a powerful country with stable and good relations with different Iraqi groups whether Turkmen, Sunni or Shiite and has always adopted constructive stances regarding Iraq, Hakim reminded.

While stating that his country intends positive relations with all its neighbors he added, "but some organizations in Arabic countries were in favor of the efforts made against Iraqi nation and they could not accept the real changes in this country."

Also over the presence of foreign forces in Iraq Hakim continued that none of the Iraqis want their country to turn to a base for foreign forces.

The evacuation of the foreign forces is due to the organization and preparation of Iraq security forces, he explained.

"The security of Karbala is now handed in to the Iraqi forces; we continue this process and hope to witness the foreign forces evacuation as soon as possible."

Iran ambassador: Tehran has not received request for talks with U.S. over Iraq

TEHRAN, Nov. 04 (ISNA)-Iran has not yet received any official invitation on talks with Washington from the Iraqi government, said Iran's ambassador to Iraq.

The government has already announced that holding new round of talks with the U.S. should be done based on official invitation of the Iraqi side but Tehran has not been invited yet, noted Mohammad Hassan Kazemi Qomi.

"If Iraq makes such a request then Iran will study the invitation as before."

U.S. ambassador to Baghdad Ryan Crocker previously announced that he would have another meeting with his Iranian counterpart in the next few weeks to talk over Iraq.

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