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President stresses strengthening Iraqi gov't to preserve security

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, April 26, IRNA
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Thursday that Iran's support for strengthening the Iraqi government, broad-based parliament and legal institutions would be the only way to establish independence and security and preserve integrity and national unity.

President Ahmadinejad was speaking in a meeting with the visiting Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari.

"Iran sustains more damage from insecurity in Iraq than other neighbors. Friendly nations of Iran and Iraq enjoy deep-rooted and several common cultural bonds," he said.

Pointing to the failure of the occupying forces to achieve their goals in the invasion of Iraq, he added the occupiers' stance is based on weakening the Iraqi national and legal government.

Currently, enemies of the Iraqi nation stand at the weakest position after the country's occupation, Ahmadinejad said, adding, "Continuation of insecurity and massacre of innocent Iraqi people show the weakness of occupiers in establishing security in the country.

"A secure, independent and strong Iraq will be the best friend for Iran and beneficial to all nations in the region. An honorable and bright future for Iraq needs a coherent government and resistance against enemies of the country's people.

"Today, is the time of vigilance and resistance. The Iraqi government should, with precision, change the situation in favor of its nation," he said.

The president voiced Iran's support for establishment of a national government, law and order in Iraq.

Zebari, for his part, praised Iran for its support of the Iraqi nation and government and said Iran plays a crucial role in regional and international equations.

He called for continuation of Iran's effective help and support for establishment of security and development in his country.

He said enemies of the Iraqi nation use bullying and terrorism to achieve their goals, stressing that after the struggle to establish independence and security, the Iraqi government and people would maintain their unity and would never yield to enemies.

Pointing to Iran's very important role in the region, Zebari called on Iran to attend the upcoming meeting of Iraq's neighboring states, to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on May 3-4.

Beside the six neighboring states, Iraq's Foreign Ministry has invited the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- Russia, China, France, Britain and the US, representatives of Group of Eight industrialized nations, the UN, Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the Arab League plus Egypt and Bahrain.

Realizing Tehran's political and spiritual role inside Iraq and its position in the region, the Iraqi government is against Iran's absence in the meeting.


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