Iraq should not be influenced by Western anti-Iranian policy - spokesman
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 30 /Trend S. Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Iraq should not be influenced by Western anti-Iranian policy, Iranian Foreign Ministry's spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said today at a press conference in Tehran, ISNA reported.
Mehmanparast added that the search of two Iranian planes over the past month had proved that no weapons were aboard Syria-bound Iranian flights.
A Western intelligence report in September showed that Iran has been using civilian aircraft to fly military personnel and large quantities of weapons almost daily through Iraqi airspace to aid President Bashar Assad's government in its fight against rebels.
Mehmanparast said that claims of Iran transporting weapons to Syria are baseless, and aim to show that the Western countries have nothing to do with unrests in the region and terrorist groups operating in the area.
"The West pretends it has nothing to do with the lack of stability and security in Syria, saying Iran supplies arms there," Mehmanparast said. "It is being done to put its fault on someone else."
Mehmanparast urged Iraq to stay vigilant, and not to change its foreign policy according to Western plans.
Elsewhere in his remarks, regarding Syria, Mehmanparast expressed hope that the crisis in the country will end soon, adding that various plans and proposals on Syrian unrests have been made.
"We hope the armed clashes and continuing violence will come to an end, and with the right efforts the best solution to the issue can be found," he said.
With regard to the nuclear talks between Iran and the 5+1 group, Mehmanparast said that the last negotiations held between the sides were transparent.
"Certain suggestions were made, Iran's nuclear negotiating team announced our points of view, and we are waiting for answers," Mehmanparast noted.
He added that the issue could have been easily settled, if the 5+1 group would fully recognize Iran's nuclear rights.
Speaking of the upcoming presidential elections in the U.S. next month, Mehmanparast voiced Iranian Foreign Ministry's position on the subject.
"Any government that comes to power, if it respects the rights of nations, if it can regret past mistakes, then there is no difference who comes to power," he said.
Mehmanparast said that if the policy remains the same, then nothing will change, and the Iranian people would be even more determined to defend their country, not bending to political pressure, restrictions and psychological warfare.