Moscow, Beijing call reconstruction of stability in Iraq a priority

Moscow and Beijing call the settlement of the humanitarian situation in Iraq and the restoration of internal stability in the country a priority task.

"The Iraqi crisis should be returned to the channel of political settlement within the UN framework. The UN should be given the central role in the postwar settlement in Iraq. Russia and China are convinced that the proper settlement of the Iraqi problem, which is one of the most difficult problems facing the modern world, is only possible within the UN framework and on the basis of relevant resolutions of its Security Council," reads the Joint Declaration signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Hu Jintao.

Moscow and Beijing have agreed to carry on with their efforts to help the Iraqi people.

"The sides believe that it is necessary to guarantee Iraq's territorial integrity, sovereignty and political independence, respect the will of the Iraqi people and its right to use the country's mineral resources," the document reads.

Russia and China believe that it is necessary to make co-ordinated efforts to minimise the damage the Iraq war did to international relations for the good of the whole of the international community.

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