Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said in an interview with pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat on Saturday that Iraq is unable to stop Iran transferring weapons to Syria through its airspace.
“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,” Zebari said. “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 added. (Asharq al-Awsat/Reuters, 13 July)
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.
Photo credit: Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari (Asharq al-Awsat)