It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
TEHRAN: Iran on Monday said it had drawn up a plan to restore stability to Iraq, including suggestions for the expulsion of private security firms and the integration of militias into the security forces.
According to Hosseini, the plan emphasises the necessity for driving armed militant groups out of Iraq, and also for expelling the various private security firms working there. “Particularly Blackwater,” said Hosseini, referring to the US firm whose guards were involved in a shooting incident September 16 in Baghdad that left 17 Iraqis dead.
The plan also proposes the integration of some militia groups into the security forces.
Other proposals include a two-year suspension of efforts to find solutions to thorny problems such as oil sharing, the status of provinces and the multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk. An amnesty for prisoners detained for “acting against the government” and the opening of embassies by all neighbouring countries should also take place.
US strike: Iran also dismissed the possibility of a US military strike against the country Monday and said Tehran was ready to consider a new round of talks with Washington on security in Iraq. “The region is not ready to tolerate a new crisis and the United States is not able to plan it, too,” Mohammad Ali Hosseini, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, told reporters during his weekly press briefing. “However, the Islamic Republic of Iran will consider any weak possibility (of an attack),” he added.
Hosseini said Iran would consider a new round of talks with the US over security in Iraq if requested by both countries. “If we find the Iraqi government insistent and we receive the US official request, we will consider the talks in order to lessen difficulties of the Iraqi nation and government,” said Hosseini. agencies