[Marxism] Iran to Host Iraq Security Conference
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Sat Jul 8 04:08:55 MDT 2006
What is exactly Tehran's policy toward Iraq and various factions in
it? If the statements quoted below are expression of true intentions,
even Khamenei isn't as dumb as Sistani and Abdel Aziz al-Hakim.
Iran to host Iraq security conference
Saturday, July 08, 2006 - (c)2005 IranMania.com
Tehran will this weekend host a regional conference on security in
Iraq, with the Islamic republic likely to use the event to again call
for a withdrawal of foreign troops from its neighbour."The cooperation
of these countries on Iraq and security issues will be on the agenda,"
Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in June when
announcing plans for Saturday and Sunday's event.
LONDON, July 8 (IranMania) - Tehran will this weekend host a regional
conference on security in Iraq, with the Islamic republic likely to
use the event to again call for a withdrawal of foreign troops from
The meeting will gather officials from Iraq and its neighbours, Saudi
Arabia, Iran, Syria, Jordan, Kuwait and Turkey, plus Egypt, the Arab
League and the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), said AFP.
"The cooperation of these countries on Iraq and security issues will
be on the agenda," Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in
June when announcing plans for Saturday and Sunday's event.
"A clear message will be sent from this meeting, in that these
countries support the implementation of security in Iraq."
Iranian media said Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari has arrived
in Tehran for the meeting, and officials said President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad would also give a sppech at the opening session.
The last such session took place in April 2005 in Istanbul with little
noticeable effect, and a previous meeting in Tehran in November 2004
also failed to yield concrete results.
Majority Shiite Iran has seen a reversal of its relations with Baghdad
since the US invasion, enjoying close links with a government
dominated by Shiite and Kurdish figures who in the past had sought
refuge in Iran.
But the two sides, as well as Iraq's neighbours as a whole, remain at
odds over the source of the violence.
Iraqi Shiite leader Abdel Aziz al-Hakim, the head of parliament's
largest bloc and leader of the Supreme Council for the Islamic
Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), has been urging Iran to go into direct
security talks with the United States.
"It is to the benefit of the Iraqi people that Iran and the United
States talk about Iraq because the US is present in the region," he
said in Tehran last month.
"At first they were supposed to talk, which did not happen due to
certain issues. We hope Iran and the United States have a dialogue
both about Iraq and the nuclear issue," he added.
But Iran has ruled out such talks, with the country's supreme leader
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei repeating to Hakim his view that US and other
foreign troops should leave Iraq.
"Iraq's current security problems will only be resolved if the
occupiers leave and the security issues are handed over to the Iraqi
people and government," Khamenei said.
Iran, along with Syria, has also been repeatedly accused of supporting
At the last meeting in Tehran, the Iraqi delegation complained of lax
border controls. Iran responded by demanding tougher action against
the People's Mujahedeen, a banned armed opposition group based in
Last month the top US commander in Iraq, General George Casey, said
Iran was a major force behind unrest in Iraq, adding that Tehran
trains and arms violent Shiite groups and uses "surrogates" to carry
out terrorist strikes.
"Since January, we have seen an upsurge in their support, particularly
to the Shiite extremist groups ... It's decidedly unhelpful," he said.
"They are using surrogates to conduct terrorist operations in Iraq
both against us and against the Iraqi people."
Iran has consistently rejected the allegations, and the conference is
a public way of highlighting its stated position that it wants the
violence to end.
"Iran rejects comments made by some US officials regarding involvement
in Iraq, since these allegations are in line with the US officials'
efforts to cover up their weaknesses and to justify their defeats in
Iraq," foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said.
"Contrary to the United States, Iran wants to have
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