Iraq’s president met with his Iranian counterpart on Monday, asking for assistance with his nation’s growing security crisis. Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad responded warmly: “Definitely, the Iranian government and nation will stand next to its brother Iraq and will do every help it can to strengthen security in Iraq.”
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TEHRAN, Iran - Iraqi President Jalal Talabani on Monday sought to enlist
Iran’s help in quelling the escalating violence that threatens to tear his country apart.
“The issue of establishing security in Iraq is the most important part of our talks. We are in dire need of Iran’s help in establishing security and stability in Iraq,” state-run television quoted Talabani as saying after he met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran.
The meeting between Talabani and Ahmadinejad, which was delayed for two days amid a security clampdown in Iraq, comes as Tehran is trying to assert its role as the top regional power broker to counter Washington’s influence on Baghdad.
During their talks, Ahmadinejad pledged Tehran’s support in helping to improve security in Iraq.
“Definitely, the Iranian government and nation will stand next to its brother Iraq and will do every help it can to strengthen security in Iraq,” he was quoted as saying.
“We believe a stable, developed and powerful Iraq is in the interest of the Iraqi nation, Iran and the whole region,” Ahmadinejad said, according to the television report.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani (left) with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran.