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Iraq committed to Algiers Accord: Talabani

TEHRAN, Jan. 5 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has reaffirmed Baghdad's commitment to the 1975 Algiers Accord, calling it an "international treaty".

The Algiers Accord was inked between Iran and Iraq to settle disputes over the Arvand Rud (Shatt-al-Arab) waterway, which forms the boundary between Iran's Khuzestan Province and Iraq.

In a meeting on Friday with the Iranian ambassador to Baghdad, Hassan Kazemi Qomi, Talabani said his remarks about the agreement "have not been conveyed accurately."

Talabani allegedly said on December 25 that the agreement signed by Iran and Iraq in 1975 over dividing the Arvand Rud (Shatt-al-Arab) waterway had been rescinded.

It was reported that Talabani had stated that the treaty was signed by Saddam Hussein and Iran's last shah on March 6, 1975 under the supervision of the former Algerian president and not by Iran and Iraq.

The president also allegedly announced that the agreement had been canceled by the groups that opposed Iraq's former government and which now rule the country.

During the rule of "the dictatorial system, we were apposed to this agreement because it was signed by two executioners, namely Iran's shah and Saddam," Talabani told reporters on the sidelines of the meeting.

"But when Iran gained its freedom and established the Islamic Republic system, which is a friend of our people, and when Iraq was also freed from dictatorship, the situation changed.

"In my opinion and according to the law and international accords, this agreement is valid," the Iraqi president underlined.

Qomi said that the media's mistake in conveying Talabani's remarks had raised questions about the validity of the agreement.

He added that Iran and Iraq enjoy "strong relations" and are determined to expand their comprehensive cooperation.

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