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Iran, Iraq don't allow foreign interference in bilateral ties: Envoy

Source: ISNA, Tehran

Iran's ambassador to Iraq emphasized that the two countries policy over joint borders is based on good-neighborliness, mutual confidence and commitment to border agreements and they don't allow foreign intervention in bilateral ties.

Hassan Kazemi Qomi

Hassan Kazemi Qomi told ISNA on Saturday regarding reports that Iranian troops have entered Iraqi soil and Fakka oil well, "no Iranian troop has entered Iraq's soil, it is only a matter of presence of Iranian troops near this oil well because Iran has a border station near the well since long ago."

"Iranian troops in a reaction to Iraqi troops' presence have gone close to borders and then have returned. Certain media allegations that Iranian troops have stepped in Iraq's soil are incorrect."

The media smearing campaign seeks souring bilateral ties and certain goals ahead of Iraq's upcoming elections, he added.


Further over increase of the number of Iraqi troops in joint borders with Iran, Qomi said Iraq's safest borders are those shared with Iran and border cooperation of the two sides are in satisfactory level.

"The use of military forces following the propaganda over Fakka oil well is false but Iraqi government has made security arrangements for its borders considering the elections," he said.

Also asked about remarks by an Iraqi parliamentarian over referring border maps to the UN, he said, the two countries have agreements and treaties over joint issues and "they don't allow interference in bilateral ties, there is no need to foreign interference in bilateral ties of the two sides.

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