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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Iran says U.S. security pact would undermine Iraq’s national interests
Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN – In a meeting with former Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Al-Jafari on Monday, Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said that the U.S. security pact would run counter to “Iraq’s national interests”.
“The acceptance of this pact will prevent Iraq from playing a suitable and mighty role in regional and international scenes.”
The speaker warned that this is an acid test for the Iraqi officials, adding, “The future generations of Iraq will not forgive the signatories of this pact.”
On Sunday, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's ruling Shiite coalition withheld support for the proposed security pact that would keep U.S. troops in Iraq for three more years.
The statement by the United Iraqi Alliance called for changes to the draft agreement, which parliament must ratify by the end of the year when the UN mandate expires.
The group's move comes a day after tens of thousands of demonstrators, mostly Shiites, took to the streets of Baghdad to show their opposition to the agreement.
Jafari said, “This pact will be a black mark on the forehead of Iraq and the Iraqi nation will not accept it.”
“The countries which have signed such a pact with the United States cannot free themselves from its degradation and humiliation.”
The former prime minister emphasized that the Iraqi political and religious forces will not accept the pact.
He said Washington cannot impose its demands on the Iraqi nation as the country has failed to achieve its goals in the region and it is facing growing internal crisis.
Occupiers intended to undermine the dignity and glory of regional nations
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated that the Iraqi occupiers intended to humiliate the Iraqi nation so that other regional nations could not “dare to even think of protecting their own glory and dignity.”
However, “The Iraqi nation passed these difficult conditions and frustrated the occupiers with resistance and perseverance,” he said in a separate meeting with Ibrahim Al-Jafari on Monday.
The president reiterated that the U.S. economic and political policies have failed.
“The conditions in the United States are much worse than what the media depict.”
He said this shows a “complete failure of materialism and the liberal democracy” both in theory and practice in the West.
For his part, Jafari praised Iran’s role in the region and said, “Iran has been a supporter of the Iraqi nation during these years.”
The former prime minister pointed to the recent demonstrations of the Iraqis against the proposed security pact, adding, “For the first time, the Iraqi nation with its massive turnout clearly announced its opposition against the security pact.”
Jafari added that the U.S. is in its weakest position.
“The United States has lost its political dignity, and the Europe, Russia and even the regional countries disregard it.