Iran deplores US interference in Iraq
Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad Hassan Danaei-Far has criticized US interference in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying it has increased acts of terror in those countries, Press TV reported.
"US interferences in Iraq and Afghanistan had adverse consequences on these countries and increased terrorist acts," IRNA quoted the ambassador as saying on Sunday.
He added that US claims about fighting against terrorism have bore no fruit and in addition have spread terrorism in the entire region, saying US military commanders have confirmed their failure in fighting terrorism.
The Iranian diplomat dismissed allegations about Tehran's interference in Iraq's internal affairs and Iran's support for a specific candidate for the post of prime minister, saying Iran does not prioritize any candidate to another.
Danaei-Far went on to add, "Iran and Iraq have historical and determining relations. We have religious, cultural and geographical commonalties."
Iraq has been under almost daily attacks over the past weeks, resulting in the death and injury of many civilians and security forces.
On October 31, a group of armed men took dozens of worshippers hostage in Baghdad's Sayidat al-Nejat (Our Lady Salvation) Catholic Church.
The incident lasted nearly four hours until police intervened. The Iraqi interior ministry later said that 52 people were killed and more than 60 were injured in the incident. About 100 people had been inside the church for an evening Mass.
The United States invaded Iraq in 2003 under the pretext that the country was in possession of weapons of mass destruction, but such weapons were never found.
Despite the withdrawal of US combat forces, the war-torn country continues to host some 50,000 American troops. Washington claims the troops remain in Iraq for "advising and training" purposes.