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Iraq-Iran ties no harm to Arab countries: Iraq FM

346644_Iraq- Foreign Minister- Hoshyar ZebariIraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari says Baghdad-Tehran ties do not harm the interests of Arab or Persian Gulf countries.

Most Persian Gulf countries enjoy good and growing relations with Iran, and Iraq can act as a bridge for cooperation and understanding between Arab states and Tehran, Zebari told the Saudi newspaper Okaz.

The Iraqi official rejected the claim that Tehran dictates to Baghdad, dismissing the allegation as totally wrong.

Iraq is independent and is not swayed by any country, he noted.

The top diplomat underlined that Iran and Iraq have a 1300-km common border as well as common economic, trade, religious and cultural interests.|

On Iran’s nuclear issue, Zebari underscored that the world has now opted for negotiation rather than confrontation to resolve standoff, urging regional states to try to iron out their differences through dialog as well.

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