Iran-Iraq Accord 1975 is of international validity: Mottaki
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Manama, Dec 26, IRNA
The Accord signed by Iran and Iraq in Algiers in 1975 is of international validity and cannot be challenged, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Wednesday.
He made the remarks commenting on a recent statement by the Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.
"The 1975 agreement is an international treaty, registered with the United Nations and legally binding for both sides," Mottaki said in a joint press conference with his Bahraini counterpart, Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmad al-Khalifa.
"The nature of international agreements signed between countries will not change by changing or replacing of governments," Mottaki said.
The 1975 treaty known as the 'Algiers Accord', was signed in 1975 by the then Iranian and Iraqi officials to settle disputes over the land and water territory including the Arvand Rud (river) and the Khuzestan province in southwestern Iran.
Mottaki expressed surprise about shift of President Talabani's attitude saying that the Iraqi president never expressed such a view during his several visits to Tehran.
The Iranian foreign minister arrived in Manama on Tuesday to attend Iran-Bahrain high cooperation commission meeting.
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