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PUK: Iraq's Talabani to raise Iranian's freedom in meeting with Bush

Tehran, Sept 30, IRNA - Iraqi President Jalal Talabani will demand freedom of Iranian businessman Mahmoud Farhadi detained by American troops in Iraq in his meeting with US President George W. Bush on Monday.

The Iraqi Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) envoy in Iran Nazem Dabbagh told IRNA Sunday that a number of Iraqi Kurdish traders have in a letter urged freedom of Farhadi, the official in charge of commercial transactions between Iran's western Kermanshah province and Iraq.

"Mr. Talabani is to submit the letter to the US President tomorrow," said Dabbagh.

He said Farhadi's arrest has left negative impact on Kurdistan region and on living conditions of regional people, provoking Iran's reaction.

Farhadi along with a trade delegation had travelled to Iraqi Suleymaniya upon an invitation of governor general of Iraqi Kurdistan province on September 17.

The US troops stormed Farhadi's residence at Palas Hotel overnight on September 19 and kidnapped him.

MP: US seeks to weaken Iran-Iraq economic ties

Tehran, Sept 30, IRNA - A member of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh said here Sunday that the US seeks to weaken economic ties between Iran and Iraq and the two countries should not let it attain its goal.

Speaking to IRNA, he referred to abduction of an Iranian businessmen in Kurdistan of Iraq by the US troops resulting in closure of borders between the two countries and said border closure did not mean that the Iranian government intends to pressurize the Iraqi government.

Iran closed its border with Kurdistan of Iraq in order to draw the attention of Iraqi officials to such illogical behavior of American troops in Iraq.

Those who are now playing their roles in Iraq such as the Americans, try to create various crises to weaken economic cooperation between the two sides," he said.

Iran and Iraq should not let the US troops make the joint borders between the two countries insecure, he underlined.

He expressed the hope that such problems which have roots in presence of occupation forces would come to an end and the two sides' economic relations would reach its highest points.

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