Iran protests against Iraq's plane inspections
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 3 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Iran's ambassador in Iraq Hassan Danaifer said that the Islamic Republic stands against Iraq's aircraft inspections based on claims for possible arms shipments to Syria, ISNA reported.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said a few days ago that his country will be conducting random searches of Iranian planes bound for Syria to check for arms shipments.
Zebari said Iraq will not act as a passageway or a channel for arms to make their way into Syria. "We are not with the militarization of the conflict. We are against the arming the regime or the opposition," he said.
The foreign minister told the newspaper that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others raised concerns about arms shipments. The United States believes Iran, one of al-Assad's strongest supporters, is arming government forces.
Iran's ambassador noted that such unconventional behavior contradicts between Iran-Iraq airline organizations' agreements.
"These claims have been going on for 2 months already. There has never been any proof or evidence of weapons being transported to Syria. We hope Iraq will stop behaving like this," the ambassador said.