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18:19 | 2010-10-11


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Iraqi FM Praises Tehran's Constant Support for Baghdad

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari appreciated Tehran's continued support for Iraq, stressing that Iran has always supported political development and democracy in his country.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has always supported democratic changes in Iraq," Zebari told FNA, adding that Iraq's friends are eager to see a rapid formation of the new government in the country.

Iraq held national elections on March 7, giving the secular Iraqiya slate of former interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi a narrow victory over the State of Law coalition of Nouri Maliki.

Neither of the leading slates secured the 163-seat majority needed to unilaterally form a new government, however.

Tehran believes that formation of the new Iraqi government is vitally important for the establishment of stability and tranquility in the country.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is definitely a regional power," the Iraqi foreign minister said, stressing Iran's clout and key role in regional developments, including its positive influence on the trend of developments in Iraq.

Commenting on Baghdad's ties with Tehran, the minister lauded the close ties between the two neighboring countries, and stated, "Interactions and exchanges between Iran and Iraq are growing."

Zebari further recalled his meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on the sidelines of the 65th UN General Assembly meeting in New York, and said that they have had fruitful discussions over a range of key issues, including cooperation between Tehran and Baghdad on consular affairs, Iran's peaceful nuclear program, the political process in Iraq and the current sanctions against Iran.