Iraqi President Maliki snubs opening of US Iraqi Embassy jets off to Iran to see Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, VP, Parviz Davoudi
Whilst Israel continues its murderous genocidal mission in Gaza Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki has been on a jolly for a couple of days this weekend to meet Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iranian Vice-President Parviz Davoudi and Foreign Minister Manushaher Mottaki.
Al Maliki told reporters before he left Teheran that his visit had resulted of the formation of a supreme joint committee and a follow up committee for bilateral relations development.
He noted as well that it has been agreed to form a services company with Iran when Iraq is completely stable and when the national unity government starts reconstruction affirming that he is looking forward for Iraq’s help in rebuilding Iraq (despite squillions squandered and years wasted by USAID etc.,
Maliki made it clear that Iraq will cooperate not only with Iran but with other countries in the region such as Saudi Arabia, Syria and Turkey in order to accelerate development and prosperity in Iraq.
Al Maliki confirmed in an interview on Iranian State Television that his government will not allow Iraq territories to be sued as the basis of a threat against its neighbors.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned Al Maliki that “treacherous” United States habitually broke pacts like one it recently concluded on American troops quitting Iraq.
Khamenei “pointed at the American government's mischief and efforts to consolidate its domination and plunder the resources of the country.”
He reiterated Iran’s view that the presence of U.S. and British forces was largely to blame for violence and other problems in Iraq.
This trip meant that President Maliki was unavailable for the opening ceremony of the vast new US Embassy (the largest they have anywhere in the world , on 104 acres , which will house 4,000 staff) in the Green Zone amidst massive security. Ryan C. Crocker, the current American ambassador, spoke, as well as John D. Negroponte, the first ambassador to Iraq after the invasion in 2003 and currently the deputy Secretary of State.
This also conicided with the return of Saddam Hussein's principal palace which the US have been temporarily using for 5 years.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani praised President Bush and the United States.
“Allow me to express our firm belief that America’s history will have a most favorable view of the liberation of Iraq, and the creation of a democratic, federal and independent Iraq which will serve as a model to be emulated by other peoples of the eastern world.”