Arab world upheaval will be worth it in long run: Larijani

March 8, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN -- Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has said that the recent incidents that are taking place in Arab countries would benefit peace and security in these states in the long run.

Larijani made the remarks in Tehran on Monday during a meeting with Ad Melkert, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s special representative for Iraq.
The recent developments will also benefit the campaign against terrorism, Larijani stated.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the top lawmaker cited dictatorship, terrorism, and the U.S. dominance in the region as the main factors contributing to the spread of extremism and terrorism.
Larijani also said that the establishment of democracy in Iraq and the withdrawal of foreign military forces from the country are the only ways to bring prosperity to this state.
The UN special representative said, “The cooperation between Iraq and its neighboring countries play a significant role in bringing peace and prosperity to Iraq.”
Iranian Deputy Interior Minister for Security Affairs Ali Abdollahi also met with Melkert on Monday.
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi also held a meeting with Melkert on Sunday.
During the meeting, Salehi said, “We are ready to have any form of cooperation with (the relevant organizations) to help develop Iraq. And we, with the help of the UN and other relevant specialized and international institutions, must create a situation so that Iraq could gain back its status in the international arena.”
Melkert stated, “The settlement of certain environmental problems (in Iraq) necessitates that the specialized international organizations and the World Bank allocate budget (to this country) and establish a mechanism so that the Iranian and Iraqi experts, given the two countries’ friendly relations, would be able to resolve these problems.”