Iraqi foreign minister says can’t stop Iranian arms flights to Syria

Zebari said Iraq does not provide any weapons or money to Syria and, despite requests from Damascus, does not sell it crude oil at preferential rates. (File photo: Reuters)

Iraq rejects Iran’s transfer of weapons to Syria but is unable to stop it, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said in an interview published on Saturday.

Two years of fighting in Syria is dragging an already fragile Iraq into the mix as Shi’ite and Sunni fighters cross the long border between the two states.

“We reject and condemn the transfer of weapons through our airspace and we will inform the Iranian side of that formally. But we do not have the ability to stop it,” he told pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat, according to a translation from Reuters.

“If you imagine these flights breach United Nations Security Council resolutions banning weapons imports and exports from Iran... I invite you in the name of the government to help us stop these flights across Iraqi airspace,” he said.

Random checks by Iraq on Iranian aircraft bound for Syria since September had only found non-lethal aid like medicines and food, Zebari said.

Meanwhile, Zebari said Iraq does not provide any weapons or money to Syria and, despite requests from Damascus, does not sell it crude oil at preferential rates.

(With Reuters)
 

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