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Washington: Iran is interfering in the formation of the next Iraqi government, and reforms must be introduced into the constitution[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
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Shafak News / The United States of America expressed on Friday its rejection of Iran's interference in forming the next government for Iraq.
"America is ready to work with any Iraqi official who puts the interests of the people first," US Assistant Secretary of State David Schenker said at a press conference today.
He added that "the establishment of a new government and the installation of a new prime minister is an issue that involves complicated arrangements, especially there are personalities and parties that do not meet among themselves."
Schenker pointed out that "Iran is not acting as an Iraqi country that appears to be interfering in this issue of forming the new Iraqi government, and this represents a flagrant violation of Iraqi sovereignty, and we reject that."
He continued, "The Iranian-backed militias have attacked American bases in Iraq," noting that "there are figures affiliated with Iran that penetrate in shaping Iraq policy."
On the issue of amending the constitution, the US official said that "if Iraq wants to redraw the constitution in this matter that belongs to them," he added, saying that "the Iraqi government must introduce the necessary reforms to the constitution."
He stressed that America "helps the Iraqi government to strengthen its institutions, and we urge neighboring countries not to poke their nose in Iraqi affairs."