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I’ll be first to defend Iran: Iraqi Sunni scholar

Baghdad, Mahdi al-Samaidaei, an Iraqi Mufti criticized Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's remarks regarding US sanctions on Iran and said that he would be the first to defend Iran.

'We will not stand Iraq being a source of irritation to the people of the region,' said al-Samaidaei in the Friday prayers sermons in Baghdad.

The cleric stressed the support extended by the Iraqi government and people to the government and people of Iran in appreciation to the latter's help against Daesh terrorists. He further hoped that his message would be received by its true addressees.

Friday prayers leaders throughout Iraq criticized al-Abadi's remarks about sanctioning Iran and expressed solidarity with Tehran.

People of Iraq have reacted to their prime minister's anti-Iran remarks during which he had claimed that Iraq would follow up the US in sanctioning Iran. A number of Iraqis even made some hangtags in support of Iran.

Meanwhile, another major cleric on Iraq, Ayatollah Mohammad-Taqi Modarresi, warned that there are those who are to make a feud between Iran and Iraq.

'We will never forget the help Iran offered to us in our difficult times of fighting against terrorism and our bad economy,' he said.

The cleric added that the relation between Iran and Iraq is so strong that such conspiracies cannot harm it.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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