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Iran reaffirms commitment to Iraqi security

Tehran, May 5, IRNA - Iran would spare no effort to help government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to restore security to the war-ravage country.

Commenting on a recent visit to Iran by an Iraqi delegation, Under-Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Mohammad Jaafari said the Iraqi delegation was in Tehran "to exchange views on latest developments in that country."

Jaafari added that Iraqi delegation thanked Iran for contribution to Iraq stability calling for Tehran's further help for al-Maliki's government to solve certain problems.

He said that members of the Iraqi delegation had separate talks with economic, political and security officials of Iran to brief them on the Iraqi situation.

The two sides discussed plans for future cooperation between Tehran and Baghdad to restore political and economic stability as well as security in that war-torn country.

"The Iraqi delegation appreciated Tehran's all-out support for the Iraqi government and called for further cooperation to establish security in that country," Jaafari added.

Commenting on reports about Iran's alleged meddling in Iraq's affairs, Jaafari said, "There are some people inside and outside the region who are displeased with friendly relations between the Iranian and Iraqi governments and nations as they see it against their own interest.

"Those in pursuit of such propaganda believe that their interest would be served through Iran-Iraq tension."

Jaafari stressed that Tehran believed the government of Mr al-Maliki is a democratic government that serves Iraqi people." He noted that the Iraqi delegation explained that "some certain statements made by certain Iraqi officials about Iran are their personal position" and not the position of the Iraqi government.

The Iraqi delegation also voiced Baghdad's willingness for continued cordial relations as well as regular consultations in all fields.

However, Jaafari stressed that the Iranian officials "voiced concern over the attitude of occupying forces, particularly killing the defenseless people of Iraq."

According to Jaafari, "exchange of visits between Iranian and Iraqi political, economic and security delegations takes place on a regular basis."

He stressed that the last time that officials of the two countries held talks on Iraqi situation had resulted in the success of Mr al-Maliki's government to put an end to the bloody conflicts in the Iraqi city of Basra.

He expressed hope that "further efforts of the Iraqi officials as well as the prudence of its government would lead to further peace and stability in that country."

The SNSC's official promised that Tehran would use all its capacity to help Iraqi government and nation.

Iran has expressed outrage at US indiscriminate killing of people living in Sadr City five years after occupation.

Iran has called on the United Nations to speed up reconstruction of Iraq and fulfill its mandate to replace the occupying forces by peacekeeping force.

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