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Iran's Larijani: Petraeus-Crocker report contradictory

Tehran, Sept 12, IRNA - Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani said on Wednesday that the recent report released by the US Ambassador to Baghdad Ryan Crocker and Commander of US troops in Iraq General David Petreaus was full of contradictions.

Speaking to domestic and foreign reporters, he said it seems that Iraq today needs accountability than any thing else.

The scenario was well-designed and orchestrated but they should know that after a while they should be accountable to the Iraqi people, he said.

The report not only fell short of demonstrating Iraq's real image but also it depicted a dramatic image of the war-shattered country, he said.

Since President Bush visited Iraq recently, the Americans have tried to depict a desirable image of the country which totally runs counter to the realities, he said.

The report is full of lies and contradictions, he underlined.

They recently condemned formation of a coalition among Iraqi political groups but in this report they said the coalition was formed thanks to their own efforts.

"You should not get the credit for coalition among Iraqi groups, rather other factors were behind its formation," he said.

Despite faked reports issued by the US, Iran believed in democracy in Iraq from the beginning and it was the first country to support democratic process in that country, he said.

The US has turned Iraq into a military marketplace, he said, adding that they should tell that Iraqi people how many hospitals, schools and health centers have been constructed by them for the Iraqi nation.

"Iran supplies Iraq with drinking water and electricity but what have you brought for the Iraqi people?" he questioned.

"You play a key role in causing sectarian rifts among the Iraqi people," he underlined.

Iran's stand towards Iraq quite clear and friendly

Tehran, Sept 13, IRNA - IRI President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced here Wednesday, "Iran's stand towards Iraq is both quite clear, and totally friendly and brotherly.

Ahmadinejad made the comment in an interview with the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) Channel One TV, adding, "the occupiers', particularly the US accusations on Iran's involvement in Iraq, are baseless.

The IRI President reiterated, "Iran's stand on Iraq is quite clear, but the occupiers keep making mistakes and repeating them anew, which is of course to their own loss."

Ahmadinejad emphasized there is no need for Iran to interfere in Iraq's internal affairs, adding, "Iran and Iraq are like a unified nation, and today the entire prominent Iraqi religious authorities and political personalities are Iran's friends."

He said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran enjoys excellent relations with the Republic of Iraq and the Iranian nation has brotherly ties with their Iraqi brethren in faith."

The Iranian President emphasized, "The occupiers are engaged in political disputes in their own countries, which is the reason why they accuse the others, trying to find scapegoats."

He added, "They have come from far away and occupied Iraq, not heeding our suggestions when we tell them there is nothing you can do against the Iraqi nation's will. All the same, they do not intend to accept their defeat, which is why they have resorted to telling such lies."

Ahmadinejad said that the occupiers realize the real reason for insecurity in Iraq, but pretend not to understand, reiterating, Today the entire world politicians have confessed that the era for occupiers' power is coming to an end, but the occupiers themselves do not wish to realize that fact."

He said, "It is based on those facts that we proposed that the regional nations would fill the power vacuum in the region mightily." Head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) said the only way to save the occupiers, and particularly the US, is their immediate evacuation of their forces from Iraq, adding, "They had better realize the longer they would remain in Iraq, the greater would be their problems there, since the Iraqi nation would get madder at them."

He said, "They think if they would get out of the region there would be lack of security, while I believe they are the factor fomenting insecurity, and if they would leave, the regional nations would live quite friendly, and ensure the regional security relying on unity."

Ahmadinejad added, "We are ready to assist Iraq in restoration of peace and security, if they would ask us to do so, and we are also ready to assist the evacuation of the occupying forces from Iraq."

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