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Iran to retaliate if Iraq continues searching airplanes: ambassador

Source: ISNA

Iran has warned against consequences of Iraq's inspecting its airplanes bound for Syria saying it will retaliate if it happens again.

Related Report: U.S. targets Iranian airlines for alleged arms deliveries

"What Iraq did about inspection of airplanes bound for Syria is not proportional to the diplomatic ties of the two sides and is contradictory to security agreements and air transportation treaty of the two countries," said Iran's ambassador to Baghdad, Hassan Danaiefar.

Iran asked the Iraqi government to avoid searching Iranian airplanes carrying civilian passengers to Syria, he added.

Iran would make a retaliatory measure in case Iraq repeated the inspection, he noted.

He also denounced the US claims about Iran's arming Syrian government as "baseless."

The US has accused Iran of supplying arms to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's government through Iranian flights passing Iraqi airspace in order to fight against foreign-backed armed groups. It then pressured Iraq to halt the alleged arm cargoes to Syria by threatening it would review U.S. aid to Baghdad if Iraq did not comply with the demand.

Iraq in response said it would do random searches and asked an Iranian airplane heading for Damascus to land in Baghdad for inspections. Iraqi officials found no weapons.

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