Iraqi leader says security deal won't harm Iran
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has assured officials in Tehran that a proposed U.S.-Iraq security agreement will not harm them, the AP reported.
Iran's state broadcaster on Sunday quoted Al-Maliki as saying the Baghdad government will not allow Iraq to become a launching pad for "harming" neighboring Iran.
Tehran fiercely opposes the proposed agreement, which would establish a long-term security relationship between Iraq and the United States.
Al-Maliki's comments came after talks with Iran's foreign minister. According to the state broadcaster, Al-Maliki says his government places great value on Iran's security, a clear reference to Iranian fears of a U.S. attack.