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Rafsanjani: Iran for security, progress in Iraq

Tehran, Nov 12, IRNA - Head of Iran's Expediency Council told an Iraqi official that Iran is keen to witness establishment of security and realization of prosperity for the people of the neighboring Iraq.

Seyed Abdelaziz Hakim (left) and Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

In a meeting with visiting Head of United Iraq Coalition (UIC) Seyed Abdelaziz Hakim here Sunday evening, Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said Iran's policy about Iraq is based on bolstering friendship and brotherhood between the two nations.

He said strengthening of unity among different ethnic and religious groups of Iraqi people is an important factor since the enemies try to sow discord among them in a bid to deprive them of making decision about their own future.

Putting stress on the essential role of religious leader in Iraq in cementing unity and thwarting divisive plots, Ayatollah Rafsanjani remarked that Islam is the main factor in preventing the occupiers to reach their targets in this country. He also called for further cooperation of Iraqi authorities to facilitate the Iranian pilgrims' visit to the holy sites in Iraq.

The Iraqi official said the principled policy of Iran towards Iraq has positively affected the developments in his country. Hakim briefed Ayatollah Rafsanjani on the latest political, economic and cultural developments in Iraq.

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