Iran's envoy criticizes Bush's new policy in Iraq

Iran Materials 29 January 2007 15:42 (UTC +04:00)

(www.irna.ir.en) - Japanese nationwide TV channel "NHK" quoted on Monday Iran's ambassador to Baghdad as criticizing President Bush's new policy in Iraq.

Referring to the plan of dispatching new forces to Iraq, Hassan Kazemi Qomi in an interview with NHK said, "The USA is seeking a pretext to establish its status in Iraq."

He also called the US claim concerning dispatching Iranian forces to support Iraqi rebels as "baseless."

Qomi added, "In spite of US pressure in Iraq, it would not succeed."

According to the report of NHK from Baghdad, Iran had shown its goodwill towards its neighbor and that's why Iraqi government has called for strengthening ties with Iran.

Upon President Bush's new strategic plan in Iraq, 21,500 new forces would be dispatched to that country, reports Trend.

Tens of thousands of American citizens demonstrated on Saturday in some American cities to oppose Bush's new policy in Iraq and urged him to return their sons home.