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Rafsanjani stresses establishment of security in Iraq

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, July 18, IRNA
Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani here Sunday stressed the importance of establishing security in Iraq and meeting basic needs of its nation.

In a meeting with the visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, Rafsanjani expressed Iran's readiness to help the Iraqi government and nation, saying Iran will do its best in this regard.

"The Iranian nation and system view developments of the Iraqi government as issues of their own country. We are ready to contribute to the reconstruction of Iraq given that the two sides enjoy great potentials for cooperation," he said.

He said security is a must for Iraq's development, adding "The Iraqi government and nation have many enemies inside and outside the country. They should successfully go through such conditions." The EC chairman said if the Iraqi government fails to establish security, insecurity will spread to other major countries of the region. He expressed confidence that all regional states would benefit from restoration of security and welfare to Iraq.

He expressed appreciation for the important role that Najaf seminary played in formation of the new Iraqi government and said Iran will support the Iraqi government's measures to promote democracy in that country.

Rafsanjani hoped suitable ground would be prepared for travel of Iranian pilgrims to Iraq and cited the two governments' support for exchange of visits by Iranian and Iraqi pilgrims as among important area of bilateral cooperation.

Al-Jaafari, for his part, said the the Iraqi government is trying to remove problems and needs assistance from other countries, Iran in particular.

He cited terrorism as among major problems of the Iraqi nation, saying terrorism is prevalent in the region which should be removed through joint cooperation.

He added new government in Iraq was set up in cooperation with all ethnic and tribal groups.

The premier hoped the number of Iranian pilgrims visiting holy sites in Iraq would increase through establishment of more security.

He invited Rafsanjani to pay a visit to Iraq.

The Iraqi prime minister arrived here on Saturday at the head of a high-ranking delegation on a three-day official visit.


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