Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Friday that Iraq's territorial integrity stability and its security were all in the interest of the countries of the region.
"America's power in the region is deteriorating and there will be a power vacuum in Iraq when America left our region. This power vacuum should be filled by free countries and they have to maintain security. Regional countries are capable to do it. We all need to protect the Iraqi state. Iraq's territorial integrity, stability and its security in the interest of all," Ahmadinejad told reporters at a press conference on the second and final day of visit to Istanbul.
"I have never said Iran would move in to Iraq when America left the country. I have just said America is aggressive and it is cruel. And it will have to exit from Iraq soon," he said.
Responding to a question regarding a number of agreements signed on Thursday between Turkey and Iran did not include a deal that would strengthen cooperation in energy, Ahmadinejad said such an agreement could be signed in a short time.
"This issue was underlined during our talks yesterday. Natural gas and oil agreements take time because they need investment," the Iranian president said.
"Turkey is one of most important routes for Iran to transport the Iranian gas to Europe and officials from our two countries are continuing their negotiations," he said.
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