EVERYTHING GOES FINE ! /: Iraqis entitled to peace, welfare, development

Tehran, Nov 12, IRNA – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday that all people of Iraq are entitled to peace, welfare and development and it needs solidarity and cooperation of all Iraqi clans and ethnic groups.

Speaking to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Idris Barzani, President Ahmadinejad said peace and stability are pre-requisite for any progress and economic development.

Terming Iran-Iraq relations “deep-rooted and strong,” the President said affinity between Iranian and Iraqi nations is so deep and materialization of the existing potentials, would help the two countries enhance level of economic cooperation.

He said there are extensive potentials in the trade and commercial domains, a big jump can be observed in promotion of Iran-Iraq economic relations, to serv the two nations’ progress and welfare.

He added that the Islamic Republic of Iran fully supports progress and restoration of security in Iraq.

Commenting on Syrian situation and stances of the Iranian and Iraqi governments on Syria, he said the two neighbors share common stance of understanding and solidarity to prevail in Syria, sharing the belief that the Syrian crisis cannot be resolved through war or bloodshed.

He said national understanding and free elections are the means to end the current plight.

He noted that the Western governments favor war in Syria. “They consider their own hegemony to be restored in light of war and hostility in Syria. Unfortunately, certain governments in the region are following them.”

Barzani for his part called for Iran-Iraq stronger economic and political relations and said Iran has been friend to Iraq in need and “Today, we need Iran’s brotherly support in order for the country to gain economic development.

He said expansion of ties with Iran is of high importance for Iraq. “We are determined to expand political relations with Iran.”

On Syria, he said Iraq shares common stances with Iran on Syria.

“We believe that the only way to improve situation in Syria is national understanding and solidarity. Bloodshed and hostility will result in nothing but spread of insecurity in the region.”

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