Iran FM blames US 'occupation' for Iraq bloodshed

May 4, 2007 14:49

Iran's foreign minister said the United States must accept responsibility for the terrorism and violence resulting from its "occupation" of Iraq, in a speech Friday that angered Iraqi officials. Manouchehr Mottaki told a ministerial meeting of Iraq's neighbors and key international players, including US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, that the US should present a clear plan to withdraw its forces "in order to allow the return of peace and stability." He also called for the immediate release of five Iranians detained in northern Iraq by US troops in January, calling their abduction a "brazen contravention of international conventions." "We hold the perpetrators of this clumsy adventurous act responsible for its consequences," Mottaki said, without naming the United States.

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