Iran denies meddling in Iraq affairs
Iran's ambassador to Baghdad warns against delays in the formation of an Iraqi government, denying allegations of Tehran's interference in the war-torn country, Press TV reported.
"The issue of the formation of an Iraqi government is a completely domestic matter," Hassan Danaeifar said on Saturday.
The Iraqi people chose their candidates and no foreign country could pressure them or support one party against another, he said.
"Accusing other countries of meddling in the process of forming an Iraqi government is an insult to the people of this country and their votes," Danaeifar said, referring to Former Iraqi premier Iyad Allawi's allegations against Iran.
Since the Iraqi elections in March, Allawi has repeatedly accused Iran of meddling in the country's political impasse over the formation of a new government.
In his visit to Damascus on Wednesday, Allawi once again accused Iran of interfering in Iraq's internal affairs, saying Tehran is trying to influence the new government by supporting incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.