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Iran's envoy hopes Iran-US talks will bolster Iraqi sovereignty

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Baghdad, May 28, IRNA
Iran's Ambassador to Baghdad Hassan Kazemi Qomi on Monday hoped that Iran-US talks in Baghdad would contribute to Iraqi national sovereignty.

The ambassador, who represented Iran to the talks with US Ambassador to Baghdad Ryan Crocker on Iraq security, lauded the Iraqi government for endeavoring to restore law and order in the country and voiced Iran's support for Iraqi government and nation on various political, economic and security fields.

As a neighboring state with Iraq with deeply rooted cultural and historical commonalties and long common borders, Iran respects to the country's territorial integrity and call for restoration of stability and security of the country, he said.

He said that Iran which suffered huge material and spiritual losses during eight years of US-backed Saddam Hussein invasion, always supports Iraqi nation and hosted about two millions of Iraqi refugees.

Kazemi Qomi said that Iran always supports formation of democratic Iraq where all sectarian and religious minorities play an active role in the country's reconstruction.

"Why the Iraqi police and the country's security forces suffer lack of equipment and the terrorists would have an upper hand to this end?," he asked.

He said that the Islamic Republic of Iran calls for maintaining national unity, territorial integrity, democracy, co-existence among all ethnics and sectarian groups which would lead to Iraqi national sovereignty.

"Now that the country has suffered from a prolonged occupation and the immoral acts of occupiers and rampant insecurity caused by terrorists and brought total destruction to the country's

infrastructure, the Islamic Republic of Iran feels duty-bound to fully support the democratic government of Iraq and hope that the current meeting would put an end to the country's insecurity and help the country's reconstruction."

Iraq and stability in the occupied country was top on the agenda of talks that kicked off between Iranian and American representatives in Baghdad this morning.

The talks were held in the presence of Iraqi officials.


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