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Barzani: We will never allow any action against Iran from Iraq

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Oct 23, IRNA


Iraq Kurdish Regional Government President Massoud Barzani in a meeting with Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki here on Wednesday said, "We will never allow any action to take place against Iran from Iraq territory."

According to the report of Foreign Ministry Media Department, Barzani, by referring to the good relations between the two countries and Iran's role in Iraqis' campaign against Saddam regime, said Iran has always been with Iraqi people .

Concerning arrest of employees in Iran's general consulate in the city of Arbil, Iraq, in February of 2007 by the US forces, Barzani said, "We condemn the action and we opposed it harshly and never stop efforts to release them."

In another part of his remarks, Barzani underlined that Kurds leaders want a unified Iraq.

Mottaki, by referring to the religious, historical commonalities and good potentials between the two countries, called for developing ties in all fields.

Establishment of high commission for joint cooperation between the two countries under the joint presidency of Iraqi prime minister and Iran's first vice-president and holding several meetings and taking important economic, social and security decisions is an indication of serious intention in expansion of relations.

Signing several Memoranda of Understanding in different sections of transportation, roads, trade, energy, information technology and sanitation affairs in all districts of Iraq including Kurdistan and creating a new passing border post for trade exchange are among potentials of the two countries, Mottaki said.

He declared the trade exchange volume 3 billion dollars and added the two countries have the capacity to increase the level.

Mottaki also called for serious follow up of illegal arrest of the Iranian consulate employees in Arbil by the US forces.

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