Meeting of Iraq's neighboring states ends with call to support government
The 9th meeting of foreign ministers of Iraq's neighboring states ended its work in Tehran Sunday. The final statement of the meeting stressed the significance of helping the Iraqi government and nation to establish stability and security in that country.
Foreign ministers of countries neighboring Iraq including Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, and Turkey plus those of Egypt and Bahrain along with that of Iraq attended the meeting.
In the statement, cited by IRNA, the ministers voiced their full support for an initiative proposed by the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on national reconciliation aimed at reinforcing national unity, safeguarding security, putting an end to ongoing violence and involving all political groups in the country's political trend.
The Iraqi prime minister on June 25 presented a plan to the parliament which included an amnesty for "insurgents" and opposition figures who have not been involved in terrorist activities.
The participants in the meeting also voiced their full support for the Iraqi government and nation in their fight against "terrorist acts."
Pointing to a resolution adopted by the UN Security Council on putting an end to presence of multinational forces in Iraq at the request of the Iraqi government, the statement supported delegating all affairs of the country to its nation.
It also noted fair and transparent trial of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and other officials of the former regime and adoption of strategies to alleviate the pains sustained by Iraqi, Iranian and Kuwaiti people as a result of genocide and aggression.