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Talabani: Iran does not interfere in Iraq's affairs

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Nov 24, IRNA
Iraq's President Jalal Talabani emphasized once again Wednesday in an interview with Al-Alam Arabic News TV's Internet website, "Iran is not interfering in Iraq's internal affairs."
President Talabani added, "As I mentioned in my recent lecture at London-based British Strategic Research Centre, there is no proof for Iran's interference in Iraq's internal affairs, since the Iraqi President, Prime Minister, entire cabinet minister, and parliament members are Iran's friends."
"Why then should Tehran be interested in interfering in Iraq's internal affairs?, I asked the audience in that gathering," said the Iraqi President.

Considering as "invalid" the accusations made against Iran in that respect, President Talabani said, "Iran has already assisted Iraq greatly and in my recent meetings with top ranking Iranian leaders they all assured me of continuous assistance to Iraq in various fields, particularly in our campaign to uproot terrorism." He meanwhile reiterated, "Baghdad would never allow any country to use Iraq's soil for launching a military attack against our country's neighbors."
An official farewell ceremony was held here Wednesday morning for departing President Talabani and his delegation by the Iranian president.

Talabani arrived here Monday heading a high-ranking political and economic delegation on an official visit. He is the first Iraqi president to visit Iran in the past four decades.

While in Tehran, the Iraqi president held separate meetings with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, President Ahmadinejad, Judiciary Chief Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel and Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.

President Talabani and his delegation departed Tehran for Baghdad on Wednesday evening.


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