Kharrazi: Iran ready to share experience on democracy with Iraq
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Baghdad, May 19, IRNA
Visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said here Wednesday in meeting with Iraqi National Parliament Speaker Hajem al-Hassani, "Iran is ready to share its experience on institutionalizing democracy."
During the meeting with the Iraqi speaker, Kharrazi explained Islamic Republic of Iran's electoral system and how the Iranians have managed to institutionalize grassroot democracy in the years after the victory of the Islamic revolution.
He said, "Throughout that process Iran has gained very valuable experiences, that we believe can be of practical use for our Iraqi brethren."
Inviting the Iraqi Parliament Speaker to pay a visit to Iran, Kharrazi proposed establishment of close parliamentary relations between the two countries, that he said, "could lead to the strengthening of the two countries, and the two nations' ties." He expressed hope that the new Iraqi Constitution that would hopefully secure the interests of the whole Iraqi nation would be ratified in the nearest possible future.
The Iranian top diplomat considered nationwide cooperation and solidarity among various Iraqi social classes and ethnic groups a bare necessity for establishment of democracy in Iraq, adding, "You should not permit anyone to sow the seeds of discord among the Iraqis." The Iraqi National Parliament Speaker, too, during the meeting considered close relations between the two nations "a good backing for the two governments' cooperation", adding, "The Iraqi Parliament is ready for full and close cooperation with the Iranian Islamic Majlis." Al-Hassani added, "Saddam's war against Iran was a war launched by a dictator, not by the Iraqi nation against their neighboring nation." The Iraqi Parliament Speaker said, "For the first time in Iraq's history we have had a democratic nationwide election here in which people from all walks of life have cast their votes."
Al-Hassani added, "We are therefore determined not only to construct our own country, but to establish sound and friendly relations with all our neighbors, particularly with Iran." Accepting the Iranian foreign minister's invitation for paying a visit to Iran, he said, "I will hopefully visit Iran in near future." The Iraqi National Parliament Speaker at the end announced his country's readiness to establish various joint committees with Iran, such as a joint security committee, aimed at boosting cooperation between the two nations in practice.
::IRNA No.002 19/05/2005 00:14 --End
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