FM: Holding future Iraqi security meeting in Egypt against agreements
Tehran, April 10, (IRNA) Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said here Tuesday that holding the upcoming Iraq's security meeting on a more extensive scale in Egypt is against the agreements reached earlier.
He made the remark at a joint press conference with his Afghan counterpart, Rangin Dadfar Spanta, in response to a question about Iran's stance on the event.
He said that Iran prefers the meeting to be held at the level of foreign ministers of Iraq's neighboring states plus Egypt and Bahrain.
The minister said that concerning the venue of Iraq's next security meeting, Iran prefers it to be held in Iraq.
"During the 9th foreign ministers meeting of Iraqi neighboring states, it was decided to hold the next meeting in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad," he added.
Mottaki said that holding the meeting in Baghdad can be more effective than in any other countries.
Underlining the need to expand Iran-Afghanistan relations, he said that during his long talks with his Afghan counterpart it was decided to double the level of bilateral economic ties and increase economic exchanges from 500 million dollars to one billion dollars.
He said that the latest political developments in Afghanistan were also discussed at the meeting and hoped for further development of bilateral relations in the current year.
"In response to last year's visit of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit Afghanistan in the near future," he added.
On his part, Spanta also urged that bilateral ties should expand, adding that his country is determined to strengthen its relations with Iran.
The Afghan minister appreciated Iran's participation in his country's reconstruction and said that Iran will face no danger at its common eastern borders with Afghanistan.
Besides, he said that Afghan government gives high priority to campaign against drug trafficking and terrorism.
"Campaign against the roots of terrorism in the region and uprooting the centers where terrorism is promoted are high on the government's agenda," he said.