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Iraqi Prime Minister to Iran: We Will Not Be Platform For Attack

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki spoke at his country's embassy in Iran yesterday, assuring Iran that Iraq has no plans to threaten the security of its neighbors.

Al-Maliki's visit to Iran is set to assuage Iranian fears that Iraq plans to enter into a long-term military arrangement with the US, which would result in permanent bases close to Iran's border. Al-Maliki reassured Iran that Iraq would never be used as a base for a US attack on Iran.

Iraq and the US accuse Iran of training and funding insurgents, and sabotaging Iraq's reconstruction efforts. Al-Maliki has set up an internal investigation to determine the extent of Iranian influence, and he may discuss the issue with Iranian officials.

As a result of the latest meeting, Iran has agreed to improve political, economic, and trade with Iraq, as well as help the electricity and services sectors in Iraq, according to Al-Maliki. Are you hopeful that a stable relationship between Iran and Iraq will spread overall stability in the region?


UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
And yet we have enough oil under our soil, that we could drill and use for our own needs, and not have to finance other countries that would just as soon kills us as sell oil to us.
janneth janneth 9 years
All I can think of is the price of oil. It is encouraging that the sale of SUVs and other gas guzzlers is decreasing. But not fast enough. We are so dependent on these guys, in every economic sector. The Middle East has complete power over us.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I think the big picture would be for Middle East stability that doesn't cause the deaths of 100's of thousands of the citizens by the leadership. If America needs to be elbowed out for that to happen, then so be it. I don't see that happening, since the middle east has been warring with each other for 1000's of years.
stephley stephley 9 years
Well here's a big old careful what you wish for scenario. What if there is stability in the Middle East, but the U.S. is elbowed out? Just last week the Al Maliki government refused U.S. demands for an indefinite military presence and he rejected a plan under which American soldiers would not be subject to Iraqi law.
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