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Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki (file photo) (epa)
July 9, 2006 -- Participants in a regional conference in Tehran on security in Iraq have "unanimously and clearly" called for cooperation to combat terrorism in Iraq, Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki said at the end of the two-day meeting.
Mottaki also said the interior ministries of Iraq and its neighbors had agreed to cooperate closely to secure their borders.
Iran called for a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign forces from Iraq, but other neighboring states reportedly rejected the proposal.
The conference was attended by officials from Iraq and the country's neighbors, as well as officials from Egypt, Bahrain, the Arab League, and the Organization of the Islamic Conference.
On July 8 Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad and the foreign ministers of Arab nations at the gathering condemned Israel for its military offensive in the Gaza Strip.