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US presence in Iraq, major factor behind regional insecurity: FM

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 10, IRNA
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Wednesday the major factor behind insecurity in Iraq is the presence of occupying forces.

Mottaki, who is currently on a tour of the Scandinavian states, made the remark in a meeting with foreign diplomatic corps in the Swedish capital, Stockholm.

Highlighting Iran's latest stance on developments in Iraq, he said Tehran supports the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in a bid to help establish peace and security in its war-torn neighboring state.

Tehran spares no effort in encouraging all Iraqi religious and ethnic groups to strengthen their solidarity, he reiterated.

Briefing the audience on the latest developments in Iran's peaceful nuclear activities, Mottaki said Tehran believes in balanced economic relations with all European states.

Iran and North Europe enjoy great potentials to further expand cooperation in various fields, the foreign minister noted.

As to talks held between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- Britain, France, China, Russia and the US -- plus Germany), he deplored the US unilateral approach regarding Iran's peaceful nuclear program.

Mottaki also outlined issues discussed during his meetings with the EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana.


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