(Persia Digest) – Former Iranian Ambassador to Iraq, Hassan Kazemi-Ghomi, said: “The events of the US Consulate in Basra are the result of this country’s wrong policies towards Iraq which have met with popular resistance. Pointing the finger of accusation at Iran is another move to limit Iran in the region.”
Following reports of three rockets being fired near the US Consulate in Basra, American officials announced that Iran was responsible for the attack. The Secretary of State gave diplomats the order to vacate the Consulate, close it down, and leave the city. Prior to the attack, American officials had said that they will hold Iran responsible for any threats to US interests in Iraq.
Former Iranian Ambassador to Iraq, Hassan Kazemi-Ghomi, told Persia Digest: “The roots of such US positions against Iran should be sought in this country’s conflict of interest with Tehran in the region, including Iraq. As the new Iraqi cabinet formed in 2003, the IR of Iran has always tried to help Baghdad in matters of services, the economy, and fighting terrorism.”
He added: “It is important to note that Iran’s help to Iraq has been within the framework of non- interference in the internal affairs of this country, so that Iraq can act as an independent and stable neighbor on the political scene. This is contrary to the US approach in the region. Washington has consistently ignored domestic norms in Iraq and tried to launch its own operations in the country. This is also evident in the recent parliamentary elections in Iraq.”
Kazemi-Ghomi underlined: “In this context, given the knowledge that I have of the Iraqi people and leaders, the incident that took place in Basra against the consulate can be seen in this context. But Washington authorities are trying to divert attention by blaming it on others, with Iran at the top of the list. They hope to cover up anti-American sentiments in Iraq, especially in Shiite areas, to take another step towards gaining global support for limiting the role of Iran in the region."
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