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Iranian Deputy FM Warns of Enemies' Plots against Iraq

Politics - Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian warned that certain western and regional states which have failed in their plots against Syria are now trying to spark sedition in Iraq.

"Having failed in Syria, foreign sides are now seeking to create sedition in Iraq, whereas this is playing with fire," Amir Abdollahian said on Friday, urging the outsiders to act wisely.

He warned foreign sides against inciting violence in Iraq, describing the measure as "playing with fire."

Amir Abdollahian said that Iraq is the land of vigilant and resistant people and leaders.

Iraq said earlier that several regional states, including Qatar, have paid $100 to each participant in protest rallies in al-Anbar province in support of Iraqi Finance Minister Rafia al-Issawi, whose bodyguards have been arrested on terrorism charges.

Iraq's al-Nakhil news agency quoted a security official as saying that after the arrest of Issawi's bodyguards, several groups affiliated to the regional states, specially Qatar, paid huge sums to their sympathizers in Anbar, Salaheddin and Nineveh provinces to stage rallies against the Iraqi government.

Ouraq al-Khalij newspaper also informed that Doha is staunchly supporting Issawi for taking the leadership of Sunni protestors in Iraq.

The paper said Qatari officials had contacted a large number of their agents and hirelings in Iraq in recent days to coordinate the protests, adding that even the mottoes chanted against al-Maliki government have been dictated by Doha.

Earlier this year, an Iraqi legislator said that a number of foreign states are funding and supporting the recent protests and unrests in Iraq's al-Anbar province.

"The goal of the recent protests in Iraq is drowning the country and this plot is orchestrated by the foreign states," Jamal al-Batikh told FNA at the time.

He also cautioned that certain opposition lawmakers joined the plot and entered a regional and international game against Iraq.


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