Iran to do its utmost to help Iraq solve its problems: secretary of the supreme national security council

Iran Materials 28 February 2007 15:35 (UTC +04:00)

( IRAN ) - Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said here Wednesday that Iran would do its utmost to help Iraq solve its problems.

Larijani was speaking to reporters after a meeting with Iraqi parliamentarian Abdul-Karim Anze.

"We will participate in the conference of Iraqi neighboring states in Baghdad in March if it will be of help to Baghdad," he said.

He said Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has been formally invited to the conference by Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari.

Asked whether Iran would see a repeat of an experience it had while attending the Bonn conference on Afghanistan with regard to US and British representatives in the conference, the SNSC secretary said: "We should not commit suicide for fear of dying!"

"We will carry out everything necessary to advance Iraqi interests. Iraqi leaders have a great potential for administering the country's affairs," Larijani said.

He said Iraq's neighboring states have the duty to facilitate transfer of affairs to Iraqis.