Iraqi PM rejects charges on Iran's meddling in Iraq affairs
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, Nov 1, IRNA
Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jafari said that the rumors on Iran's interference in his country's domestic affairs, particularly in southern cities, are false.
Speaking to Al-Arabiya Television Network on Monday evening, he added that many such accusations have already been raised against Iran.
"According to some media claims, Iran aims to undermine Iraq through such meddling. Prior to making judgments about the issue and identifying the individuals involved in the plot, issues such as subversion were brought up. Now I believe that the matter has been clarified," he added.
Al-Jafari noted that the identity of those entering Iraq via common borders have been revealed.
"Some points have been uncovered about the countries helping these individuals, but Iran is not listed among them.
"I am not behind the closed doors, but in everyday contact with the provinces. I am kept updated on the latest developments by special bureaus in each province.
"I also pay visits to provinces. Therefore, the issue is not just based on my personal information," he added.
Concerning Karbala, he said that it is distinct from other Iraqi cities and referred to it as the Islamic identity of every Muslim.
"Annually millions of Muslim pilgrims arrive in the city from around the world. As two holy cities, Karbala and Najaf are taken as the Iraqis' spiritual and material wealth.
"The presence of Iranian pilgrims in Karbala and Najaf serves as a reason for Iran's non-interference in the country's internal affairs," concluded the Iraqi prime minister.
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