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Iranian FM slams terrorist acts from Iraqi soil against regional states

Tehran, Oct 28, IRNA - Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Sunday underlined the need for campaign against terrorism, condemning terrorist acts from Iraqi soil against regional countries. In a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Ali Babacan, Mottaki added that Iran believes in campaign against terrorism.

Turning to friendly and close ties between Iran and Turkey, he said that Iran is to expand bilateral ties with Turkey given abundant potentials of the two neighboring countries.

He also noted the transfer of joint economic commission to the Foreign Ministry indicated the importance of mutual relations in the eyes of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

He referred to the current situation in Iraq and said Iran calls for a stable Iraq with secure borders and prosperous people.

Babacan, for his part, pointed to the consolidated relations between Iran and Turkey, which dates back to 400 years ago, saying that Ankara gives priority to having ties with Tehran.

The Turkish minister added that Iran and Turkey enjoy historical experiences and abundant commonalties as well as national friendship to expand bilateral cooperation.

He further said that his country is keen on witnessing a secure and rich Iraq, noting that Turkey supports Iraq's territorial integrity and gives priority to expanding cooperation with that state.

Pointing to his country's campaign against terrorists who attack Turkish people and soldiers from Iraqi soil, he noted that confronting PKK does not mean confronting Iraq. Ankara seriously opposes intervention of foreign powers in northern Iraq, he added.

Babacan also invited his Iranian counterpart to take part in a conference of Iraqi neighboring states due to be held in Istanbul next week.

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