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Hosseini: Iran ready to help US leave Iraq

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Oct 7, IRNA
Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said here Sunday that Iran is ready to help American troops leave Iraq if they wish to.

"That's not a new stance; we have repeatedly informed the US party that if its troop pullout from Iraq is based on a definite time-table and schedule and if there is any need for Iran's help, we are ready to assist," said Hosseini in his weekly press briefing.

Hosseini made the remark when asked about Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani's recent announcement that Iran is ready to help the US draw up a time-table for Iraq withdrawal.

Larijani, saying that the US is pursuing a "dead-end strategy" in Iraq, suggested the US party that Iran is willing to help Washington stabilize the situation if it sets a withdrawal timetable.

"If they [Americans] have a clear definition of a timetable we'll help them materialize it," Larijani was quoted saying in an interview with London's Financial Times Monday.

But he added: "If the US is persisting with its mistakes, it shouldn't ask for help from us,".

The trouble with Iraq, he said was that the US had a "dead-end strategy."
The Supreme National Security Council secretary also suggested that both the US Democratic party and the British government were getting it right in Iraq.

The Democrats' push for a timetable for withdrawal "seems to be logical," he said, and the British were "more intelligent than the Americans", having made the "necessary adjustments" and retreated to Basra airport.


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