US-pressure on Iraq – Iraq repeats the need of a political solution to the situation in Syria…
March 25, 2013
BAGHDAD: US secretary of state John Kerry pressed Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Sunday to stop Iranian flights over Iraq from carrying arms to Syria during a visit to the Iraqi capital.
Iraqi officials denied allowing weapons to be flown from Iran to Syria through Iraqi airspace. Abbas al-Bayati, a member of the Security and Defence committee in parliament, said: “We have done our duty by randomly inspecting a number of Iranian flights and we did not find any leaked or smuggled weapons.”
“If the US is keen to push us to do more they have to give us the information that they have relating to this,” he said.
At his news conference, Kerry said the United States had “agreed to try to provide more information” to the Iraqis and suggested that sentiment in the US Congress may be turning against Iraq because of the suspected arms transfers to Assad.
More than a dozen car bombs and suicide blasts tore through Shia Muslim districts in the Iraqi capital Baghdad and other areas on Tuesday, killing nearly 60 people on the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion that ousted Saddam.
A statement released by Maliki’s office following the talks said they had agreed on the need to find a political solution to the situation in Syria.
Photo: Iraqi Media Delegation in Syria