Iran considers Iraqi security as its own: FM
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, Jan 21, IRNA -- Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Saturday evening that Tehran considers Iraqi security as its own.
In a meeting with the visiting Iraqi National Security Advisor, Muwafaq al-Rubaie, he said the two countries' national interests are closely linked.
The Iranian foreign minister praised the diplomacy adopted by the Iraqi leaders in settlement of numerous problems facing the war-torn country.
As to restoration of security and stability to Iraq, he said the new Iraq can play a determining role in the region.
On imprisonment of a number of Iranian nationals in Iraq, Mottaki stressed that Tehran expects Baghdad to help release the Iranians being kept in the US prisons in Iraq.
On the Zionists' atrocities in the Gaza Strip in the past three weeks, he urged the Islamic and Arab states to support the oppressed Palestinian nation and cooperate with the Hamas government.
For his part, al-Rubaie appreciated Iran’s support for the Iraqi government and nation in the past few years and expressed satisfaction over the current security status of his country.
On conspiracies of the enemies of Islam, he added that the enemies of Islamic Ummah are trying to create discord between Shiites and Sunnis.
On the Iraq-US security pact, al-Rubaie stressed that Washington has a six-month deadline to prove its commitment to the articles of the security pact. Then the Iraqi nation will attend a nationwide referendum to decide over the accord, he added.
Al-Rubaie, heading a delegation, arrived in Tehran on Monday to review the issues of mutual interest with Iranian officials.
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