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Speaker stresses Iran`s impartial policy in Iraq

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Beirut, April 22, IRNA -- Speaker of Iran`s Islamic Consultative 
Assembly (Majlis) Mehdi Karroubi here Wednesday evening stressed 
Tehran`s impartial policy toward Iraq. 
Addressing a dinner banquet hosted by President of the Lebanese 
National Assembly Nabih Berri, he called for establishment of 
security and stability in the war-torn Iraq. 
Urging the occupying forces to leave Iraq, he stressed that the 
Iraqi nation who lived several decades under the dictatorship of 
Saddam cannot tolerate the presence of foreign forces in the 
country. 
Tehran, in such a sensitive situation of the Mideast region, 
mphasizes on its transparent policy based on expansion of 
cooperation with all the regional countries in general and with 
Lebanon and Syria in particular, in different areas, Karroubi 
reiterated. 
Referring to Lebanon as symbol of coexistence of various tribes, 
groups and minorities in the Middle East, he called for 
further promotion of Tehran-Beirut cooperation in all fields. 
Meanwhile, a letter of understanding on expansion of bilateral 
parliamentary relations was inked by the two sides. 
Stressing the lasting and friendly relations between the two 
countries, the letter of understanding underlined the importance of 
parliaments in promotion of all-out cooperation between the two 
nations. 
The two speakers also called for participation of the private 
sectors in carrying out different development projects. 
Promotion of Tehran-Beirut economic, trade, and technical 
cooperation was also underscored by the accord. 
Condemning threats against Syria and Lebanon, the two speakers 
called for an end to occupation of the Palestinian territories and 
the Zionist invasion as well as establishment of an independent 
Palestinian government with the holy Qods as its capital. 
In related developments, Karroubi met and conferred with 
Secretary General of the Hizbullah, Seyed Hassan Narullah, here 
Wednesday afternoon. 
The latest regional developments, including the critical 
situation in Iraq and in the occupied Palestine were discussed by 
the two officials. 
The Iranian speaker expressed hope that the existing 
problems facing Muslims throughout the world will be settled through 
close cooperation among all the Islamic states. 
Karroubi, heading a high-ranking political and parliamentary 
delegation, arrived here Wednesday on an official three-day visit 
to discuss with senior Lebanese officials bilateral relations, the 
Palestinian and Iraqi crises as well as regional developments. 
Karroubi wrapped up his three-day visit to Syria on Wednesday. 
During his stay in Damascus, the speaker held meetings with 
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his counterpart Mahmoud 
al-Abrash as well as members of Syria`s National Assembly. 
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