Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Rafsanjani Calls For Transfer Of Power To Iraqi Nation

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TEHRAN (IRNA) -- Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani expressed the hope power would be handed over to the Iraqi people as soon as possible so that they can exercise the legitimate right of determining their own fate.
During a meeting with the visiting Iraqi Finance Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, he praised the 'wise and brave' Iraqi nation, saying it does not need a foreign advisor or guardian.
Iraq is a rich country and the people should be able to live in peace and tranquility, he added.
Stressing the importance of preserving Iraq territorial integrity, Rafsanjani called on the Iraqi interim government to avail of the new opportunity opened to them to establish a truly independent government chosen by the people and observing the constitution.
Condemning the acts of terrorists and military operations that have claimed many Iraqi lives and desecrated holy sites in different parts of Iraq, Rafsanjani called for the expulsion of members of the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) from the war-torn country.
The Iraqi minister, for his part, briefed the EC chairman on the latest developments in his country.
He said the talks held between the visiting Iraqi delegation and Iranian officials were 'positive,' and added that his country will always be grateful to the Iranian people for their humanitarian aid and support to the Iraqi nation during its difficult times.
First Vice-President Mohammad Reza Aref also in a meeting with the visiting Iraqi Finance Minister, reiterated that the Islamic Republic of Iran has always made great efforts to help settle the existing problems facing the Iraqi nation.
As to the many cultural, religious and historical commonalties enjoyed by the two nations"

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