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Mottaki confers with Iraqi prime minister's special envoy

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Oct 11, IRNA
Iran-Iraq-Foreign Minister
Iraqi prime minister's special envoy Salam Oudeh al-Maliki on Tuesday held talks with Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on ways to develop Tehran-Baghdad relations and exchanged views on regional issues.

Mottaki said that Iranian and Iraqi nations share common religious and cultural bonds and enjoy extensive capacity for economic cooperation on the basis of mutual interests.

He said that cooperation between Iran and Iraq would benefit regional peace and stability and will not be against a third country.

Mottaki said that Iran and Iraq would cooperate in the field of energy and trade and in carrying out joint projects and exchange of pilgrims.

"We should hold consultations on those issues to facilitate cooperation."
Mottaki said that the Persian Gulf states are willing to develop bilateral and regional cooperation with Iraq.

"In my tour of five Persian Gulf states, I found out that they are willing to foster regional cooperation with Iraq to develop peace, stability and welfare in the region," Mottaki said.

Al-Maliki expressed pleasure with consultations with Iranian officials and said he held fruitful talks with Iranian officials during his stay in Tehran.

The Iraqi official said that political process will enter into new stage after a referendum in Iraq scheduled to be held on October 15 and establishment of constitutional organs afterwards.

Al-Maliki said that Iran and Iraq are two great nations with long-standing cultural amity.

"They should move forward to achieve the status the two great nations deserve to," the Iraqi minister of transport said.

"We are willing to enhance level of diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran," al-Maliki said.

Al-Maliki said that those opposing development of Iraq, have embarked on triggering sectarian violence in Iraq, but, the Iraqi people have developed a national resolve to embark on political process with participation of all political parties to thwart the conspiracies.

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