Iran strongly opposed to any attack on Iraq
Iran on Monday expressed its "firm opposition" to any foreign-led attack on Iraq aimed at changing its leaders, foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi told reporters during a press conference in Tehran.
"Iran is firmly opposed to any attack against any country, particularly Iraq, aimed at changing governments or the regime in place," Asefi said, adding that such an attack would constitute an "absolute violation of international conventions and does not contribute at all to calming crises."
Asefi was reacting to warnings of a possible US military operation aimed at toppling or assassinating Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
With regards to the current visit to the Republic of Iran by Iraq's Culture Minister Hamad Yussef Hammadi, Asefi said existing political problems between the two neighbors who fought a devastating war between 1980 and 1988 were also evoked, AFP reported.
"We have common concerns over the regional situation," Asefi said, adding that diplomatic discussions between the two neighbors center on the "consequences of the Iran-Iraq war as well as the question of Iranian pilgrims and cultural co-operations." (Albawaba.com)
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