UAE for speedy formation of Iraq govt

TEHERAN - The UAE and Iran are not only bound by long-standing historical ties but share common socio-economic interests, Saif Saeed bin Saad, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has said.

By (Wam)

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Published: Sat 31 May 2003, 11:50 AM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 11:09 PM

"Iran is a neigbour and a sister Islamic country. We are also bound by historical ties as well as by common socio- economic interests," Mr Saif Saeed told reporters here on the sidelines of the 30th ministerial meeting of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference ( OIC).

Mr Saif Saeed, who led the UAE delegation to the conference, expressed hope that the meeting's resolutions would reinforce stability, security and development in the Islamic world. The resolutions, he noted, should also be able to better prepare the Islamic world for the emerging challenges.

On the situation in Iraq, Mr Saif Saeed said: "We call for speedy formation of a national Iraqi government that will oversee the task of reconstruction and bring back the country into the fold of the international community. That government should be able to restore the position of Iraq regionally as well as among Arab countries and also work for the withdrawal of coalition forces," he added.

Asked about the roadmap and the Palestinian problem, Mr Saif Saeed said the UAE, which has long supported the Palestinian struggle would accept any just settlement that would be acceptable to the Palestinians. "We hope the roadmap would offer a genuine solution to the conflict. It's regrettable that Israel is trying to frustrate the efforts by seeking to introduce changes. These efforts to change, in addition to the repressive measures against the Palestinians, must stop," he said.

On the issue of terrorism, Mr Saif Saeed pointed out that the UAE condemned all forms of terrorism, but also called for a clear distinction between people's rights to attain their freedom and mere terrorism. He called for solidarity among Islamic states, particularly in view of the unjustified attacks on Islam in some Western quarters.

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