Iran’s supreme Leader supports Iraqi new PM

Photo: Iran’s supreme Leader supports Iraqi new PM / Iran

Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 13

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei expressed hopes that appointment of Heidar al-Ebadi as new prime minister in Iraq will resolve the country's problems.

"I hope that appointment of the new prime minister will open the knots and lead to the establishment of a new government," Khamenei said, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported Aug. 13.

Khamenei made the remarks while addressing the officials of Iran's foreign ministry as well as Iranian ambassadors and diplomats abroad. Khamenei went on to note appointment of the new prime minister will teach a good lesson to those who targeted sedition in Iraq.

On Aug. 12 Iraq President Fouad Massoum appointed al-Ebadi to form a new cabinet.

Iraq's Sunni neighbors Turkey and Saudi Arabia, as well as the U.S., also welcomed al-Ebadi's appointment.

He is required to form a new cabinet within 30 days.

The newly appointed PM still faces opposition at home. His Shiite colleague Nouri al-Maliki who was already backed by Iran has refused to step aside after eight years as prime minister.

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