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Iran helping to restore Iraq security

A senior Iranian official says Iran considers the security of regional countries as its own, stressing Tehran’s firm resolve to help restore security to neighboring Iraq.

Iran is making ‘constructive efforts’ to help ensure Iraq’s security, Deputy Interior Minister for Security and Law Enforcement Affairs Ali Abdollahi told IRNA.

Abdollahi is currently in the Bahraini capital, Manama, to attend an experts-level meeting of the seventh Conference of the Interior Ministers of Iraq’s Neighboring Countries.

The two-day meeting which opened on Sunday brings together representatives from Iran, Syria, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Egypt and Bahrain.

“The ideas and issues brought up in the Manama meeting show that all [of Iraq’s] neighboring countries have taken noticeable measures over the past year,” said the Iranian official.

He went on to add that Iran holds the “establishment of security in neighboring countries as a principal” and believes “countries in the Middle East should live in peace and harmony.”

Abdollahi said Iran is prepared to work with regional states in fighting illicit drugs.

The first Conference of the Interior Ministers of Iraq’s Neighboring Countries was held in Tehran in 2003. Since then, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan and Egypt have hosted the event respectively.

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