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12/13/04

Iraq's Hakim terms Jordan king charges against Iran ridiculous

Damascus, Dec 13, IRNA -- Leader of Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq Abdul Aziz Hakim termed as ridiculous the Jordan King Abdullah's recent charges against Iran that it was trying to create a region dominated by Shiites.

In remarks published by the Washington Post, the Jordanian King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein was quoted as alleging that Iran was trying to influence Iraqi elections set for January 30 in a bid to create a 'crescent'shape region dominated by Shiites, extending from Iraq to Lebanon.

"I wish the Jordan monarch had never said such ridiculous remarks," Hakim told IRNA here Sunday night.

"As far as we know, the Iranian, Syrian and Iraqi governments or any other political establishments in these states have no such an intention," he added.

Several Muslim officials have come forth to denounce King Abdullah II's allegations, including Iraqi Vice-President Ibrahim al-Jaafari.

"I don't believe that Iran seeks to create a "crescent" of Shiites in the region. We in Iraq have not seen any sign of that," Jaafari was quoted by Kuwaiti newspapers Friday as saying during a visit to the emirate.

The Post quoted Abdullah as alleging that 'it is in Iran's vested interest to have an Islamic republic of Iraq...and therefore the involvement you're getting by the Iranians is to achieve a government that is very pro-Iran'.

The Jordanian monarch alleged that the Iranian government had encouraged more than one million Iranians to cross into Iraq, many with the objective of voting in the upcoming elections, according to AFP.

Jaafari brushed aside the allegation, saying, "The figure of one million Iranians who had (supposedly) entered Iraq is highly exaggerated. It is a huge number that is very difficult to hide." Abdul Aziz Hakim arrived in the Syrian capital city of Damascus Sunday night from a regional tour to the Middle East which has already took him to Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

During Hakim's meetings with senior officials, the sides discussed holding election in Iraq and establishing security, inviting neighboring and supporting states for the country's reconstruction and preparing grounds for regional understanding.

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