Iranian envoy: Iraqi people key to solving security problems
Iraq-Iran, Politics, 8/28/2006
Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad Hassan Kazemi Qomi today said that the Iraqi people are the key to solving the country's security problems without the intervention of foreign troops.
He made the remark while attending a press conference marking the Government Week in Iran.
The Iranian diplomat said that just as Iran benefited from its popular forces to solve its security problems, Iraq can make a similar move.
Kazemi Qomi declared Iran's full readiness to transfer its relevant experience to the Iraqi government.
"The challenges currently facing Iraq do not include cultural and social issues, therefore people's committees can have a decisive role in promotion of security, given that they are free from ethnic and religious concerns.
"Unfortunately, the US policy based on meddling in Iraq's internal affairs has intensified factionalism and violence," he added.
The official said that by gaining full national sovereignty the government can overcome the current security crisis in the country and thus give people a more decisive role in solving such security crises.
"Iran's policy on Iraq is to prevent the country from becoming the cause of dispute between Iran and US.
"The discord between Iran and the US are not associated with Iran-Iraq relations, therefore ties between the two neighboring countries are multifaceted," he added.
He said that Iran-Iraq common borders are among the safest borders of Iraq with its neighboring states.
Kazemi Qomi said that the main problem facing Iraq is the presence of foreign forces in the country and underlined that the Iraqis themselves can manage to promote security without the intervention of foreigners.
The diplomat said that according to Iran's foreign policy, the country's nuclear issue should not have an impact on its relations with Iraq.
"Rather Iran favors the policy based on promoting stability, security and independence in Iraq, protecting its territorial integrity, strengthening the popular government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and withdrawal of foreign troops," he said.
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