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Rafsanjani condemns US crimes, sacrilege to holy places in Iraq

IRNA

Tehran, Dec 2, IRNA -- Member of Iraq`s Governing Council Ahmad 
Chalabi here on Tuesday conferred with the Chairman of the Expediency 
Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on recent developments in Iraq. 
At the meeting, Rafsanjani condemned the new wave of US crimes and
atrocities in Samarra as well as their sacrilege to holy places in the
city. 
Saddam and Baath party were considered the two principal obstacles
for regional developments, he said. 
Highlighting regional developments, he termed the present 
situation as an opportunity and said that the fall of Saddam is 
considered as a historical event for the whole region and it is 
expected that all political groups will help bolster and consolidate 
the pillars of independence and freedom in Iraq in a bid to achieve 
regional and global goals. 
During the eight-year of sacred defense, both the Iranian nation 
and Iraqi people suffered a lot due to inhuman and savage atrocities 
of the Saddam regime, he said. 
Highlighting Iraq`s sensitive situation, he said it would be an 
irreparable loss for both Iraq and the region if the majority in Iraq 
is ignored. "To save the country, the legitimate rights of all ethnic 
and political groups should be taken into account by conducting free 
elections in the country," he said. 
The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to share its experiences to 
help reconstruct Iraq, he said adding that Iran will not intervene in 
Iraq`s domestic affairs and will not hesitate to help the Iraqi 
people. 
Chalabi, for his part, called the Islamic Republic of Iran and Iraq
as two economic powers which enjoy a very special 
politico-geographical status in the region and said the two countries 
through deepening mutual ties can turn to a political center to exert 
influence on the region and the world. 
Describing the Islamic Revolution as an significant historical 
event, he said the experienced gained by the Islamic revolution should
be the basis of an exemplary and suitable model for other Muslim 
nations. 
The US has no alternative but to yield to the will of Iraqi nation
and let them administer their own fate, he said. 
Lauding Iran`s humanitarian aid for Iraq, he called for serious 
cooperation of the country in Iraq`s reconstruction process. 
MM/AH/210 
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