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Larijani: Iran helpful in Iraq's security

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 4, IRNA
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Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) said Thursday that Iran plays a constructive role in helping establish security in neighboring Iraq.

Following meeting with visiting former prime minister of Iraq Ebrahim Jafari, Ali Larijani told reporters that Iraqis officials called for institutionalization of democratic structure
in their country.

He referred to Jafari as one of the prominent personalities in Iraq with whom the sensitive situation of the region, the ways and means of Iraq's development and cooperation wiht Baghdad as well as international issues were discussed.

Larijani said their talks included deliberations about the Sharm al-Sheikh Conference in view of the importance of both countries in the region.

SNSC secretary said his recent visit to Iraq was aimed at upgrading bilateral cooperation in economic affairs, creating security in Iraq and strengthening two-way ties.

He said presence of the former Iraqi premier in Iran was effective in establishment of viable security and peace in the region.

Jafari told reporters after the meeting that he hoped the Sharm al-Sheikh meeting results in lending economic and political support to his country. He said both countries enjoy converging views about political affairs and he was glad to see that Larijani pays special attention to supporting Baghdad government.

He underlined that Iraqi authorities are for independence and stability of their country and also effective relations with the neighboring countries. Jafari said that he shared Iraqi Prime Minister Maleki's viewpoints and supported his government.

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