News Code: 2823

Date of Release: 2018-09-03

Iran will work with any government in Iraq

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Monday Tehran will work with any government which is formed in neighboring Iraq after two political factions created an alliance that would give them a majority bloc in Parliament. “We will work with any government linked with any political party and faction in Iraq, because the two […]

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Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Monday Tehran will work with any government which is formed in neighboring Iraq after two political factions created an alliance that would give them a majority bloc in Parliament.

“We will work with any government linked with any political party and faction in Iraq, because the two countries are neighbors and must cooperate and work together,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi told reporters in Tehran, Press TV reported.

“What matters to Iran is the realization of what the Iraqi people want,” he added.

His comments came a day after lawmakers following senior cleric Muqtada Sadr and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said they had created an alliance that would give them a majority bloc in Parliament to form a government.

Parties led by the leader of Badr Organization, Hadi al-Amiri, and former premier Nouri al-Maliki said they had formed their own alliance, which featured the lion’s share of the seats at the legislature.

The 329-seat legislature came together on Monday to elect a speaker and launch the government formation process.

Divisive US policies

Late Sunday, Qassemi hit out at the “absolutely ridiculous” allegations made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of Iranian transfer of missiles to Iraq.

The spokesman said Washington would not succeed in hampering longstanding relations between Tehran and Baghdad through its divisive policies.

He made the remarks after Pompeo expressed “deep concern” over reports of Iran allegedly moving ballistic missiles to Iraq. “If true, this would be a gross violation of Iraqi sovereignty and of UNSCR 2231,” Pompeo tweeted.

Qassemi dismissed the “utterly ridiculous” remarks as an attempt to deceive public opinion.

“Interestingly enough, Pompeo has referred to a totally irrelevant resolution which has been already breached by the US itself,” the Iranian spokesman said.

The UN Security Council Resolution 2231 endorsed a nuclear deal in 2015 between Iran and world powers. Tehran says the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal in early May 2018 is a violation of that resolution.

Qassemi urged the US to refrain from meddling in the internal affairs of Iraq, saying the US military presence is indeed the main cause of instability and insecurity in the Middle East.

Qassemi said Iran and Iraq have the best-ever relations today and US divisive policies cannot hamper longstanding historical, cultural and political relations between the two neighbors.

The missile transfer claim was first made by Reuters, prompting Iran to vehemently reject it.

Iraq’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday said it was “astonished” by the report.

“The ministry confirms that all Iraqi state institutions are committed to Article 7 of the Constitution, which states that Iraqi territory should not be used as a base or passage for any operation targeting the security of any other state,” it said.

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