October 22, 2006 -- Iran and Jordan today welcomed a joint declaration by Iraqi Sunni and Shi'ite clerics calling for an end to sectarian violence in Iraq.
The declaration was signed on October 20 in Mecca by 29 Iraqi clerics.
In Tehran today, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini welcomed the move as a good sign. Jordanian government spokesman Nasser Jawdeh made a similar statement in Amman.
Iraq And Iran
Iranian Shi'a protesting the Golden Mosque Bombing in Iraq on February 24
WHAT IS GOING ON? On March 8, RFE/RL's Washington office hosted a roundtable discussion on relations between Iraq and Iran. Although most analysts agree that Iran has been actively involved in Iraq since the U.S.-led military operation to oust former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, they continue to debate the nature, extent, and intent of that involvement. The RFE/RL briefing featured WAYNE WHITE, former deputy director of the U.S. State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research's Office of Analysis for the Near East and South Asia, and A. WILLIAM SAMII, RFE/RL's regional analyst for Iran and editor of the "RFE/RL Iran Report."