TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said here on Sunday that he would reveal the United States’ new plans and goals in Iraq in the near future.
He made the remarks on the sidelines of a parliament session where he accompanied President Ahmadinejad to submit the country’s budget bill for the next (Iranian) year to the Islamic Consultative Assembly.
Mottaki said that pressures and sanctions on Iran are meant to divert the world attention from the US failures, specially in the region, adding, “We believe that the United States may not embrace success as long as it continues its policies in Iraq. The United States is pursuing some hidden goals in Iraq, which we will disclose to the public in the near future.”
Asked about the fate of the Iranian diplomats kidnapped during a raid by the US troops on the Iranian consulate general in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil, he said that his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari has told him in a recent phone talk that the “diplomats would soon be set free.”
Regarding the nuclear issue, he voiced Tehran’s permanent preparedness to attend talks, but meantime said, “Resolutions which deprive our country of its recognized rights lack credibility from our point of view.”
He further mentioned that Americans have just started a new round of moves, and said that hiding the failures of the Bush administration in the region is one of such goals.
The Iranian foreign minister described the Untied States’ regional summits with some Arab countries as use of the old failed formulas and, pointing to Iran’s relations with the Arab states, he said, “We are in contact with the Arab countries and we will also make visits to these states.”
He said that in addition to the current visit to Tehran by his Qatari counterpart, foreign ministers of Syria and some other countries will pay visits to Tehran to consolidate friendly ties with the Islamic Republic.