Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday that his country strongly supported efforts to establish security, authority and progress in Iraq.
Ahmadinejad made the remark at a meeting with the visiting Iraqi National Security Advisor Mowafaq al-Rubai, who arrived on Tuesday for a three-day official visit at the head of a political delegation. "The Islamic Republic is willing to share all its expertise in various fields to the Iraqi nation and government so that the country can walk proudly in the path of progress and development," he said, according to Irna.
He voiced concern over the continuing lack of security in Iraq, adding that this has become a pretext of the occupiers to continue their stay in the country. Ahmadinejad also stressed the need of regional states the need to maintain friendly ties and to be vigilant and united, saying, "A powerful and advanced Iraq will be the best friend of the Islamic Republic."