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Iraqi ambassador: There is no dispute between Iran, Iraq

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Dec 21, IRNA -- Iraq’s Ambassador to Tehran Mohammad Majid Al-Shaikh said on Monday that there is no dispute between Iran and Iraq.

He made the remark in an exclusive interview with IRNA on Monday.

Foreign media tried to take advantage of misunderstanding between the two sides over Fakeh oil field but to no avail, he said.

Those opposed to expansion of friendly ties between Iran and Iraq tried to take advantage of the situation, he said.

Iran and Iraq managed to remove the misunderstanding, he said, adding that the two sides agreed to set up joint commissions to resolve such disputes.

Some third parties are now trying to meddle in the disputes, he said, adding that there is no room for such intervention as the two sides' relation is quite normal and developing.

Both Iran and Iraq under no circumstance let anyone mar their friendly and consolidated ties, underlined the Iraqi ambassador.

There is no doubt that the two sides should exercise vigilance and rationality to prevent ill-wishers from fishing in troubled waters especially under the current sensitive situation that the country is on the verge of holding parliamentary elections, he said.

Previous demarcations have been destroyed due to war as well as environmental issues which require to be revised, he said.

Such border disputes are quite natural and can be easily resolved, he said.

“We believe that such issues should be resolved through MoUs or setting up of joint commissions,” he pointed out.

On the visit of Iranian pilgrims to Iraq, he said there is no problem for such religious visits to Iraq.

The two sides' high ranking officials are determined to consolidate mutual relations and meet the two sides' interests, he said.

Iran and Iraq have good security cooperation in various issues, he said.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 855714



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