Iran invites Iraq to participate in security arrangements

December 15, 2009

TEHRAN -- Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has called on Iraq to participate in regional and security arrangements.

Mottaki made the remarks here on Monday during a meeting with Sharif Ali Bin al-Hussein, the chairman of the Iraqi Constitutional Monarchy Movement.
“We believe Iran, along with Iraq and the Persian Gulf states, can establish and maintain regional security,” Mottaki stated.
He added that certain countries, which are undermining security and stability in Iraq by promoting terrorism, are actually helping the enemy.
He also denounced the recent terrorist acts in Iraq, saying, “Iraqis’ strong determination will overcome the evil intentions of terrorists.”
On December 8, 127 people were killed when a series of car bombs ripped through Baghdad in Iraq’s deadliest attack in six weeks, a brutal reminder of the threat still posed by an insurgency that has killed thousands since the 2003 U.S. invasion.
The attacks came hours before the government announced March 7 as the date for the parliamentary election, ending weeks of political bickering that had delayed the vote from mid-January.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian foreign minister said that Iraq has been able to establish legal institutions over the past seven years and added that Tehran has always supported these moves.
Sharif Ali said certain countries do not want to see democracy and the rule of law established in Iraq, but the Iraqi people are committed to democracy