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Baghdad Condemns Iranian Envoy’s Threats to Americans in Iraq

Baghdad Condemns Iranian Envoy’s Threats to Americans in Iraq

Saturday, 28 September, 2019 - 07:30
Iranian Ambassador to Iraq. INA news agency

Several Iraqi state institutions condemned on Friday threats made by Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad Erj Masjedi that his country will bomb US targets in Iraq if Washington attacks Iran.

In response to the diplomat’s threats, the Iraqi Defense Ministry stressed its rejection to turn the country into a battleground.

Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji said: "Iraq will not be a launchpad for aggression against Iran, nor will it allow US interests on its territory to be threatened.”

In a press statement Friday, the Iranian ambassador said his country would bomb US forces in Iraq or any other place if they were targeted by the United States, stressing the need to remove US troops from Iraq and all countries in the region.

"We will respond to anyone if they attack us. The options for defending ourselves are open in every way. The Americans are interfering in the affairs of the region and in the affairs of Iraq and the Americans should expect a response if they cause any problem to Iran," he said.

The Iraqi Parliament's Foreign Relations Committee denounced Masjedi’s comments.

“I am not surprised that Iran has a hidden intention to use Iraqi territories for its own interests," Committee member MP Dhafer al-Ani told Asharq Al-Awsat.

"However, I am surprised by the Iranian impertinence that makes its ambassador deliver such comments,” he said.

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