28 Feb 2024
Wednesday 26 February 2014 - 15:16
Story Code : 86035

Iraqi gov't denies arms deal with Iran

[caption id="attachment_85754" align="alignright" width="180"] Iraqi soldiers take part in an intensive security deployment in Sulaiman Pek, 160 km (99 miles) north of Baghdad, February 21, 2014.[/caption]
BAGHDAD, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi government denied Wednesday it had struck any deal with Iran to purchase arms and ammunition from the neighboring country.
A Defense Ministry statement said companies from many countries, including Iran, offered to supply the Iraqi army with arms and ammunition, "but the trade-off was in favor of other companies and there was no signing of any contract with any Iranian company."

On Tuesday, Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad Hassan Danaeifar also denied such a claim, saying: "No agreement on military and arms cooperation has been inked with the Iraqi side so far," refuting recent Western media reports on an Iran-Iraq arms deal.

However, Iran will be ready to consider such a request if it is filed by its friendly neighbor Iraq, Danaeifar told Fars.

Earlier, the standoff was sparked by Hassan al-Senied, a senior lawmaker from Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's Dawa Party, who told reporters that Iraq is negotiating buying weapons from Iran and insisted this was within its right and violated no international sanctions.



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