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FM advises US to listen to Iran's guidelines on Iraq

Tehran, Sept 9, IRNA - Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Tuesday that the Americans should accept realities in Iraq and listen to Iran's guidelines on respecting the Iraqi people and their will.

According to the Information and Press Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mottaki made the remarks in a meeting with the Special Representative of UN Secretary General for Iraq Staffan de Mistura in Tehran on Tuesday.

Before the new US administration is compelled to act on the realities in Iraq, it is advisable for the current US administration to do this, Mottaki said.

On developments in Iraq, Mottaki said, "We welcome the active role of the UN in this respect and hope the body to play a much more active role on restoring Iraq's security as well as sovereignty." Most of Iran's offers which were proposed at Istanbul conference have been carried out, he said.

Iran welcomes any move in support of the Iraqi government and people, he said.

UN should play its proper role in dealing with current developments in Iraq, he said adding that the UN should not remain indifferent to removing Iraq from chapter seven of UN charter.

UN should not merely watch current developments in Iraq and Afghanistan, he said adding, "Unfortunately, we observe that many years after the crises in Afghanistan and Iraq, insecurity in both countries is on rise."

Iran has always backed Iraq's democratic government and believes that continued presence of outside forces is the root cause of insecurity in the war-shattered country, Mottaki said.

The UN envoy, for his part, said, "We have always backed Iran's role in Iraq since it spares no effort to support the Iraqi people and government." UN is now closely following up Iraq's developments and is to play a much more active role to this end, he said.

Iraq's neighbors play significant role in restoring security and stability in Iraq, he said.

On the upcoming visit of Iraqi president to Tehran, he said the visit would be very crucial for expansion of mutual relations between the two countries as well as future development in Iraq and the entire region.

UN special envoy to Iraq, arrived in Tehran on Monday night and is to confer with a number of high ranking officials during his stay in the country.

Iraqi vice president confers with Mottaki

Tehran, Sept 8, IRNA - Iraq's Vice President Adel Abdul al-Mahdi conferred on Monday with Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on issues of mutual interests.

According to the Information and Press Bureau of Foreign Ministry, at the meeting, the two sides explored avenues for broadening economic cooperation and upgrading current level of trade exchange between Tehran and Baghdad.

They also discussed latest developments in Iraq, security pact between Iraq and the US, the need for withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraq as stipulated in the chapter seven of the UN charter as well as educational cooperation mainly for Iraqi diplomats.

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