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Iran's Supreme Leader calls for swift formation of new government in Iraq

10/18/10 Source: Press TV

Khamenei: "West benefits from Iraq's insecurity"

Iraqi Premier Nouri al-Maliki meeting Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei on October 18, 2010.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the political interests of certain powers lie in creating insecurity in Iraq.

"Despite relative stability in Iraq, the country is still suffering from insecurity and part of this insecurity is resulted from the pressures that are exerted by some powers whose political interests lie in creating insecurity in Iraq," said Ayatollah Khamenei in a meeting with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Monday morning.

Ayatollah Khamenei pointed out that the swift formation of a unity government and the restoration of security in Iraq are the country's two major issues, calling all Iraqi officials to spare no efforts to form a unity government as soon as possible.

"All Iraqi officials and politicians and those who care for Iraq should focus on the prompt formation of a unity government," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution reiterated that the formation of an Iraqi government is in the best interests of the Iraqi people.

"The Iraqi nation is a vigilant nation and there is not a possibility of another domination over the country whatsoever," he also emphasized.

The Leader expressed hope that the United States will end its occupation and the problems of the war-ravaged people of Iraq will be resolved soon.

The Iraqi premier, for his part, described his country's relations with the Islamic Republic as strategic and amicable, urging the necessity of expansion of Iran-Iraq cooperation.

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Iraqi premier arrives in Tehran for talks

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has arrived in the Iranian capital city, Tehran, to hold talks with the country's officials on major political and security issues.

The Iraqi premier was welcomed at the Tehran Mehrabad International Airport upon his arrival on Monday morning by Iranian First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi

He intends to discuss the latest developments in the region as well as the formation of the new Iraqi government during his day-long visit.

The Iraqi premier is in Tehran after he paid a visit to Jordan as part of a Middle East tour that will also take him to Turkey and Egypt.

Maliki is seeking to build a coalition government that will help him remain in his position as prime minister. He is short of a handful of seats that could help his bloc win a majority in the country's parliament.

The Islamic Republic has repeatedly voiced support for a unified and secure Iraq.

This is the first visit by the Iraqi premier to neighboring countries after the country's parliamentary elections in March.

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