IRNA denies Iraq’s Sadr on surprise visit to Iran

Iran’s official news agency denies media reports that prominent Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is in Iran on a surprise visit.

“Muqtada al-Sadr has not traveled to Iran, nor does he have any plans for such a trip,” IRNA cited an informed source as saying on Monday.

Arabic media reports earlier said that Sadr had traveled to Najaf from Baghdad before boarding an Iran Air plane headed for Tehran.

Meanwhile, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi-Ansari announced that Iran is ready to facilitate dialogue among all political factions in Iraq to help settle their existing differences.

He further called on all political sides in Iraq to exercise restraint and try to settle the country’s issues “through dialogue and political understanding.”

Iraqi protesters wave national flags as they gather in the courtyard of celebrations after breaking into Baghdad’s heavily fortified “Green Zone” on April 30, 2016. (AFP)

Iraq has been the scene of political turmoil over the past few weeks over Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s efforts to form a new cabinet.

On Saturday, protesters stormed the parliament building in Baghdad’s Green Zone, demanding that lawmakers approve the proposed technocrat government.

The protesters also called for the resignation of the Iraqi president, prime minster and parliament speaker.

By Press TV