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Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says the expansion of ties between Iran and Iraq is in the interest of the two countries. Larijani made the remarks at a meeting with Iraqi Minister of Justice Hassan al-Shimari in Tehran on Monday, IRNA reported. “The Islamic Republic of Iran has always supported the people of Iraq in the aftermath of the fall of the country's former dictator... expansion of ties in various fields is in the interest of the two Muslim countries,” Larijani said. The Majlis speaker called for unity among political groups in Iraq saying, “Some states are trying to undermine the political sovereignty of Iraq by sowing discord among political groups.” He added that dialogue between the two countries would lead to peace and stability in the region. Al-Shimari, for his part, hailed the expansion of relations between the two neighboring states. Regarding the members of the anti-Iranian Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), the Iraqi minister of justice said the country was working to expel them from Iraq. The MKO fled to Iraq in the 1980s, where it enjoyed the support of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and set up Camp Ashraf in the eastern province of Diyala, near the Iranian border. NT/AS
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