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US security agreement to humiliate Iraqi nation dignity: Iran's Parliament Speaker

Tehran, Sept 1, IRNA - Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said on Monday that the US proposed security agreement is in fact aimed at humiliating the dignity of the Iraqi nation.

Talking to a group of visiting Iraqi journalists and media persons, he stressed that presence of Washington in the region is actually an oppression against regional nations and is the root cause of insecurity and instability.

Condemning the US violence in Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, and Afghanistan, Larijani regretted that Washington occupied both Iraq and Afghanistan under the pretext of presence of weapons of mass destructions in the region and combat against terrorism.

However, after many years, the US did not present any documents proving presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq while it is negotiating with the terrorists in Afghanistan.

Terming Tehran-Baghdad ties as "very bright", he said the mischiefs aimed at tarnishing the two countries' bilateral relations would never damage the existing determination to bolster all-out ties.

Referring to Iraq's security as very important for the entire region, Larijani voiced Iran's support for any measure aimed at establishing security and stability in Iraq.

Iran calls for exclusion of Iraq from Chapter 7 of UN Charter

Iran on Monday called on the International Community to respect Iraqi national sovereignty and press ahead with withdrawal of the US occupying troops from the country.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said that the International Community is expected to exclude Iraq from Chapter 7 of the UN Charter.

He made the remarks in a meeting with Iraqi Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad Hajj Hamoud, who is currently on a visit to Tehran at the head of a delegation.

Mottaki said that there is no reason for Iraq to be included in the context of chapter seven of the United Nations Charter.

Referring to great potentials in both neighboring states, Mottaki called for further expansion of all-out cooperation.

He expressed hope that the two countries would open a new chapter in their bilateral relations.

"A secure, independent, and developed Iraq would benefit the entire region, including the Islamic Republic of Iran," the foreign minister added.

Hamoud, for his part, said the two countries' leaders are determined to further boost Tehran-Baghdad relations.

He added that the ground is well prepared for opening a new chapter in bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

Iran-Iraq bilateral cooperation is based on the two countries mutual interest, the Iraqi official added.

During the meeting, the two officials also reviewed the latest regional and international developments.

Iran-Iraq security, stability are intertwined: Jalili

The security and stability of Iranian and Iraqi nations have currently become intertwined, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili said on Monday.

He made the remarks in a meeting with a delegation from Iraqi media that is currently in Iran to get familiarized with activities of the Iranian media.

Referring to the key role played by mass media to promote bilateral relations, Jalili said that arrogant powers taking advantage of their media empire have been trying to sacrifice truth for their own ends and mislead public opinion in their own favors.

Jalili criticized the big powers for sowing discord among developing countries and said, "Freedom, independence and progress of the Iraqi people directly depends on their national unity.

Jalili urged Iraqi mass media to help people strengthen national aspirations and encourage public cooperation through legitimate and legal bodies.

Ghazanfari: Iran to help reconstruct Iraq

Deputy Commerce Minister Mehdi Ghazanfari held talks with Iraqi Deputy Construction and Housing Minister brahim Al-Shukr on issues of mutual interest on Monday.

At the meeting, Ghazanfari voiced Iran's readiness to contribute to Iraq's reconstruction.

Ghazanfari, who is also head of Iran's Trade Development Organization (ITDO), disclosed that 10 joint projects (worth dlrs 300 million) have been implemented in Iraq.

Referring to the establishment of Iraq office in ITDO, he expressed hope that the level of mutual cooperation would increase in near future.

The Iraqi official, for his part, called for expansion of bilateral ties in all fields.

He also reassured Iranian businessmen seeking investment in Iraq that situation has improved in this respects.

Al-Shukr said that the ground is prepared for implementation of joint reconstruction projects in his country.

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