Iranian envoy to Iraq rejects apologizing Iraqi PM over pilgrims

Baghdad, Dec 7, IRNA – Iranian Ambassador to Iraq Hassan Danaifar categorically rejected that he had apologized Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi for illegal entry of Iranian pilgrims to Iraq and without visit visa.

He said that his colleagues at the Iranian embassy have written full text of talks between him and the Iraqi prime minister.

‘The Iraqi prime minister’s office is expected to delete that sentence,’ Danaifar said.

Al-Abadi’s office claimed that the Iranian ambassador has apologized the Iraqi prime minister for illegal entry into Iraq.

The Iranian ambassador said that there has never been such thing and no such sentence has been said in that session.

Earlier today, Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian dismissed reports that the Iraqi prime minister has sent Iran a message of protest or Iranian Ambassador Hassan Danaifar to Baghdad had apologized him.

Amir-Abdollahian also rejected reports that Iran had apologized Iraq for Iranian pilgrims’ disorder on Mehran border.

He said this year’s Arbaeen ceremony was held gloriously. ‘Iraqi government and authorities were in full coordination with related Iranian officials, having an important share in holding the glorious ceremony.’

He commented on the meeting of Iranian Ambassador in Baghdad with Iraqi Prime Minister and said the meeting was held in a positive atmosphere and within a framework of mutual diplomatic coordination.

He said Iraqi Prime Minister and officials also thanked Iranian and Iraqi people and officials for glorious holding of Arbaeen rites and for mutual cooperation.