Iran Focus: London, Oct. 12 Iraqs former Interior Minister added his voice to a string of Iraqi, American, and British officials in condemning Iranian meddling in Iraq. Iran Focus
London, Oct. 12 Iraqs former Interior Minister added his voice to a string of Iraqi, American, and British officials in condemning Iranian meddling in Iraq.
Irans infiltration in Iraq has increased and Tehran has provided para-military [insurgents”> large-scale capabilities, Falah al-Naqib told the London-based Arabic daily Asharq al-Awsat.
Without any doubt, Iran has a role in attacks against the Iraqi people, Naqib said, adding, This countrys infiltration has increased and this is occurring through its large-scale providing of capabilities for certain insurgent groups.
The former Iraqi Interior Minister said that there were either one or several countries that were providing financial support for the insurgency.
Irans meddling in Iraqs internal affairs is very clear and undeniable, Naqib claimed. He said that Iraqis were well aware of Irans activities, adding that the majority of Iraqis, including those in southern Iraq, were suffering from Tehrans activities.
He backed recent comments by Saudi Arabias Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, who had sharply criticised Irans meddling in Iraq.
In recent weeks a string of Iraqi figures, including Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari and former Defence Minister Hazem al-Shaalan, have accused Iran of meddling in Iraq. Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi recently warned that Tehran’s continuing meddling in Iraqs internal affairs would damage both the Islamic Republic and the region. Allawi backed the Saudi position on Irans meddling in Iraq, and said, “This meddling [by Iran”> will be against Iran and the whole region”.
The Jordanian government has also given its backing to the Saudi statement on Irans meddling in Iraq.