TEHRAN – An Iranian Foreign Ministry official has dismissed a claim by Reuters that Iran and the United States had held talks over who should take the post of prime minister in Iraq, calling it an “absolute lie”.
In a report published on Tuesday, Reuters said a senior Iranian official has said officials from Iran and the U.S. held discussions on who could rescue Iraq. “Iranians and Americans held talks over possible candidates and after at least three sessions, they agreed on (Haidar) al-Abadi,” Reuters quoted the official as saying.
The Foreign Ministry official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Islamic Republic is adamant in its position that the “designation” of people to top political jobs in Iraq should be based on the country’s “constitution”, “political mechanism”, and the “people’s will and demands”.
The official went on to say that any kind of foreign intervention in Iraq’s internal affairs is “unacceptable”.
On Thursday, Nouri Maliki resigned as Iraqi prime minister, a move which is expected to help end a political crisis in Iraq.
Haider al-Abadi, a deputy speaker of parliament, has been asked by Iraq's president to form a government.
Maliki's earlier refusal to resign had been blamed for deepening the crisis. The UN has welcomed his resignation. Iran has also called the resignation a sign of “political maturity” in Iraq.
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