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International confab urges Withdrawal of foreign forces from Persian Gulf

Tehran, June 18, IRNA - The 18th International Conference on the Persian Gulf on Tuesday evening underscored the need for decrease in presence of foreign military forces in the region.

In a statement issued at the end of the two-day event, the participants also called for all-out cooperation among all regional states to establish security.

They also called for change in the US approach towards the Mideast and Persian Gulf countries and adopting policies to help remove the existing tensions and build confidence.

The statement urged all regional countries to fight against terrorism which is endangering the whole world, particularly the Persian Gulf region.

On critical situation in Iraq, the participants stressed that an independent, stable and democratic Iraq would benefit all regional states.

Therefore, all regional countries were urged to cooperate with each other to help stability, security and peace in that war-torn country, it said.

The statement also stressed scheduled withdrawal of foreign forces and called on all neighboring states to play key role in reconstruction of Iraq and refrain from interfering in domestic affairs of that country.

The Persian Gulf conference was attended by some 53 experts, intellectuals, lawyers and political officials from Jordan, Bahrain, Uzbekistan, South Africa, Germany, Ukraine, US, Italy, China, Russia, Japan, Serbia, Iraq, Oman, France, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Poland, Lebanon, Malaysia, Egypt, India, Greece and Iran.

Various topics such as expansion of cooperation, stability and regional security as well as ways of dealing with existing challenges and threats in the region, expansion of economic and commercial cooperation, regional convergence, and the role of media in promoting regional cooperation were discussed by the delegates.

... Payvand News - 06/18/08 ... --

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