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Iran `ready to play positive role` in Iraq, says Greenstock

IRNA

London, Jan 6, IRNA -- Britain`s special envoy to Iraq, Sir Jeremy 
Greenstock says that he feels "reassured" that Iran wants to play a 
positive role in restoring Iraq after holding talks in Tehran. 
During his discussions with Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal 
Kharrazi on Monday, he said that he found "similar objectives from 
different standpoints on what we want out of Iraq". 
"I think they genuinely believe that a stable Iraq, a secure Iraq 
and a prosperous Iraq means Iraqis taking charge of their own affairs 
without interference, just as they would want in Iran," Greenstock 
said Tuesday in an interview with BBC radio from Tehran. 
Following the talks, he said that he thought Iran was "prepared 
to be more cooperative" but that "they want there interests served as 
well". 
Both countries want terrorism dealt with and Iran wants to make 
sure that the Mojahedin-e-Khalq terrorist group based in Iraq is 
"dealt with and out of the way", the former British ambassador to the 
UN said. 
"They want to make sure the UK and US do not go down a route they 
are not able to deal with in the long term. They want to make sure 
there is no hidden agenda of aggression against Iran," he said. 
Greenstock said that Iran also wanted cooperation with the 
occupying coalition on oil, electricity and commercial relations and 
wanted free access for its pilgrims to holy sites in Iraq. 
The purpose of his first visit to Tehran since taking up his 
appointment as Prime Minister Tony Blair`s special representative to 
Iraq four months ago was to explore what was in Iran`s interests, he 
said. 
Now that Iran have seen the date for ending the UK-US occupation 
in Iraq "they look as though they are more relaxed about where this 
is going and therefore prepared to play - so long as we respond and 
reciprocate - a positive role," Greenstock said. 
He also believed that Iran was using its influence in the region 
and "beginning to play it more positively", adding that he thought it 
was a "good move". 
Fears that Iran wanted to install a "clone" style of government 
appeared to be unfounded as "they have been telling me `please produce
what the Iraqis want for Iraq`", the envoy said. 
Asked about the possibilities of a rapprochement between 
Washington and Tehran, he said that both counties would like to have 
better relations but that is a matter for the US and Iran to sort 
out. 
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