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Iraqiya hails successful Iran talks

15 April 2010 17:01

The Iraqiya party, which won the most seats in the country’s March 7 parliamentary elections, has announced that its members have had a “successful” visit to Iran.

The bloc, led by former prime minister Ayad Allawi, won 91 seats of Iraq’s 325-member parliament.

“The talks were successful and Iran would like the Iraqiya List to play a key role in building bridges with other countries in the region,” DPA quoted Maysoon al-Damlooji, an Iraqiya spokesperson, as saying on Thursday.

She added that the parties held discussions in order to create “a balanced relationship preserving the interests and sovereignty of both countries, without interfering in each other’s internal affairs.”

She stressed that her party leaders “would not allow Iraq’s territory or its airspace to be used to support any attack on Iran”.

Last month, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast expressed Tehran’s readiness to host all Iraqi political movements to show Iranian support for the Iraqi political process and help the country form its new government as soon as possible.

Allawi’s Iraqiya bloc defeated Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Rule of Law Party by securing only two additional seats. None of the parties contesting the polls are able to form a government on their own.

Iraqiya is in talks with other parties to form a coalition government.

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