Mottaki: Iran has entailed heavy costs over the last years on account of Iraq; Ahmadinejad: Relations between people in an Islamic system were based on religious beliefs
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  • Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said that the Islamic Republic of Iran has entailed heavy costs over the past six years in helping maintain security and promoting development in the war-torn country. On the Iraq-US security pact which was approved by the Iraqi parliament on November 27, 2008, he noted that foreign forces will hand over administration to Iraqi forces within 6 months and added that the fact that the Iraqi people will vote on the pact was of prime importance1.

    President Ahmadinejad stated that relations between the people and the government in an
    Islamic system were based on religious beliefs. He made these remarks at a special ceremony to launch an electronic communications system to bridge the gap between the people and the government in the East Azarbaijan province. Ahmadinejad stated that the new communication system will provide a suitable medium for people to gain easy access to the country's officials2.

    Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani, reacting to the Mumbai attacks, warned India and Pakistan not to “stumble into the trap of countries which seek adventures in the region.” Terming the attacks as “brutal,” Larijani called on Islamabad and New Delhi to investigate the issue calmly3.

    The Director General of the IAEA Mohamed ElBaradei stated that efforts to limit Iran’s nuclear ambitions were “a failure.” He however was optimistic about making progress on the issue under the incoming administration of Barack Obama. The UN Security Council has so far passed three sets of sanctions on Iran insisting that it shut down its uranium enrichment programme. The US and its European partners have also offered Iran diplomatic and economic incentives to suspend uranium enrichment. Iran on its part maintains that the enrichment is for civilian reactors4.