Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Iraq's Zebari Says Iraq Never Welcomes Anti-Iran Remarks

Description of Selected News: "Zebari Says Iraq Never Welcomes Anti-Iran Remarks

TEHRAN (IRNA) -- Iraq's Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari on Tuesday dismissed the recent anti-Iran remarks by certain Iraqi officials, stressing that the policy of the Iraqi government is the opposite of what such positions reflect.

Zebari told his Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharrazi over the phone that Iraq's interim government never welcomes such remarks and will never let these positions harm Baghdad's relations with Tehran.

He also said the Iraqi government is following the issue of the kidnapped Iranian diplomat in Iraq through various channels, stressing that Baghdad would inform Tehran about any new development in that connection as soon as possible.

Zebari further expressed hope that efforts to release the Iranian diplomat will bear fruit.

Kharrazi, for his part, said he was surprised over what he described as 'unwise remarks' by certain Iraqi officials and that baseless allegations are repeatedly made against Iran.

He said why Iraq's interim government, which needs the help of other countries including Iran, allows some of its officials to make such comments against the Islamic Republic.

This, Kharrazi stressed, is surprising and is never acceptable.

"Such remarks are meant to create an atmosphere of animosity between the Iraqi and Iranian nations and are against the interests of both countries," he said. "The Iraqi government must prudently stop this.""


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