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Maliki Won’t Allow Iran Attacks From Iraq

From Iran’s Fars News Agency:

Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (R) shakes hands with Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2nd R) at an official meeting in Tehran June 8, 2008.

Maliki Vows not to Allow Attacks on Iran from Iraq

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Sunday assured Iran that Iraq would not allow its territory to be used as a platform to “harm” the Islamic republic.

“We will not allow Iraq to become a platform for harming the security of Iran and neighbors,” Maliki said early Sunday after a late-night meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki in Tehran.

Maliki’s comments come amid Iranian alarm over US pressure on Baghdad to sign an agreement that would keep US soldiers in the country beyond 2008, warning that such an agreement would lead to permanent American bases in Iraq. Iran has always called for the immediate withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, describing deployment of the US troops as the root cause of unrests and insecurities in its war-torn Muslim neighbor.

Under the not yet concluded agreement, the US wants Iraq’s approval to maintain military bases in the Middle-Eastern country as well as permission to carry out military operations from those bases against other countries unilaterally.

US President George W. Bush and Maliki agreed in principle last November to sign the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) by the end of July. But Iraq has now said it has a “different vision” from the United States on the issue

Al-Maliki said his government places great value on Iran’s security.

“Iraq’s stability and security can have a great impact on the region,” Maliki also said.

“We see the implementation of peace and security in Iraq and Iran as what both countries want.”

Maliki also met Iran’s intelligence minister, Gholam Hossein Mohseini Ejehi, on Saturday night.

Al-Maliki will also meet with other Iranian senior officials, including Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili to discuss issues of mutual interest, especially security and energy, expansion of all-out ties as well as regional and international issues.

The Iraqi leader is also expected to reiterate the Iraqi government’s wish for resumption of Iran-US talks over Iraq’s security, which both sides have halted. Tehran has said it would not hold further talks with the current US administration

One hopes this is merely propaganda from Iran. Or that Mr. Maliki is just engaging in a little mendacity of his own.

Of course the sad thing is that it’s all too believable that he would actually promise this.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, June 8th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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