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Iran backs Maliki as Iraq PM, but ready to back any other candidate Parliament chooses

Published on Jul 6, 2014 10:34 PM
 

TEHERAN (AFP) - Iran said on Sunday that it supports Mr Nuri al-Maliki's bid to stay on as Iraq's premier, but that it is ready to back any other candidate chosen by the Parliament in Baghdad.

Mr Maliki's "State of Law coalition won first place in the last legislative elections... (and) any decision that is taken in Iraq and has the support of Parliament has Iran's backing", said Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

"If Mr Maliki is chosen as prime minister, we will work hard together. If another person is chosen by Parliament, the Islamic Republic of Iran will also support them. It's an internal affair for Iraq," he added.

The Iraqi Parliament is to convene on Tuesday to elect a speaker, president and prime minister.

A file picture taken on June 23, 2014 shows Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki meeting with US Secretary of State (unseen) at the Prime Minister's Office in Baghdad. Iran said on Sunday that it supports Mr Nuri al-Maliki's bid to stay on as Iraq's premier, but that it is ready to back any other candidate chosen by the Parliament in Baghdad. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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