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Iran urges security for pilgrims to Iraq

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili calls on the Iraqi government to provide security and facilitate affairs for Iranian pilgrims.

In a meeting with Iraqi Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani in Tehran on Saturday, Jalili lamented the sufferings of the Iraqi people during the rule of Saddam Hussein and the country’s US-led occupation.

Jalili expressed hope that the Iraqi government and nation would achieve success in different fields through tightening security after the withdrawal of occupying forces.

He pointed to deep-rooted cultural bonds between Iran and Iraq and stressed the importance of expanding mutual ties in various areas.

Al-Bolani, for his part, expressed appreciation for Iran’s assistance to the country as a strategic ally of the Iraqi nation and called for strengthening of cooperation with the Islamic Republic.

He called on Iran to provide Iraq with its security expertise.

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