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Iran's FM calls for restoration of tranquility to Iraq

Kuwait City, April 22, IRNA - Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Tuesday called on Iraq's neighboring states to spare no efforts to help restore security, stability and tranquility to the war-torn Iraq.

Addressing a meeting of Iraq's neighboring states, he said all should cooperate to reconstruct Iraq.

Referring to top priorities set by Nouri al-Maliki's government for the year 2008 to improve Iraq's problems, he called for all out efforts by all countries mainly Iraq's neighbors to help implement the program.

It is necessary to render more assistance under the current situation to the Iraqi nation, he said.

Mottaki also voiced his concern over continued presence of alien forces in Iraq who are sheltering terrorist groups targeting the country's stability and security.

Iran believes that the Iraqi people should administer their own affairs, underlined Mottaki.

Iran believes that foreign troops and occupiers are the main cause of insecurity and crisis in that country, he pointed out.

Iran has strongly voiced its support for Maliki's political and security programs and believes that drawing up a time table for withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraq would be effective in resolving the country's problems, Mottaki said.

Forging unity and continued talks among Iraqi political groups would play a key role in maintaining Iraq's identity as an Arab and Islamic country, Mottaki said.

Iran calls for implementation of decisions to be made in the meeting of Iraq's neighboring states in order to restore Iraq's security and stability, Mottaki said.

"We believe that re-opening of political missions of neighboring states in Iraq will be effective in restoring political stability and security to Iraq," he said.

To resolve Iraq's problems, collective collaboration of all countries is needed, Mottaki said.

Iran is ready to broaden all out ties with Iraq and is to stand shoulder to shoulder to the Iraqi nation, he said.

Wrong polices of foreign forces have spread terrorism in Iraq which has endangered the security of Iraq's neighbors, he said.

Giving shelter to terrorist groups in Iraq would have dangerous consequences and is regarded as source of instability in the region, Mottaki said.

... Payvand News - 04/22/08 ... --

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