Iraqis protest visit of ex-Iran president
Agence France Presse
04-Mar-2009 (7 comments)

Hundreds of Iraqis demonstrated in Ramadi, capital of the Sunni Arab province of Anbar, on Wednesday to condemn former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's official visit to Iraq. Waving Iraqi flags and banners that criticised the influential Iranian Shiite cleric, Sunni tribal and religious leaders marched for an hour in the city, 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of Baghdad."The criminal Rafsanjani is a symbol of aggression and evil in Iraq," read one banner. "Rafsanjani's visit is inauspicious, a humiliation and a stain on the soil of Iraqi," said another.The former president arrived in Baghdad on Monday on a three-day visit focused on a series of issues between the former foes as well as world political and economic developments.Rafsanjani has met senior leaders of Iraq's Shiite-led government -- including Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd.

News Goffer

what about his arrest warrant?

by News Goffer on

Tell me again why Rafsanjani is representing the Iranian government on this trip?

And wasn't there an international warrant out for his arrest for the Mykonos restaurant assassinations of Iranian Kurdish opposition leaders Sadegh Sharafkandi, Fattah Abdoli, Homayoun Ardalan and their translator Nouri Dehkordi who were assassinated Berlin in 1992?  How could he travel to Iraq without assurances by Iraqi AND American authorities there that he won't be turned over to Interpol?






by Abarmard on

Don't get too excited friend, this doesn't mean what you think. Iran is the powerful country in the region that cannot be ignored, sorry.




dirty politic as usual.....

by maziar 058 (not verified) on

yeah that's right, BUT they also funnel millions of dollars and ammonition ( with america's authorization)via al rafaa and samawa to the dyalleh district for the bloody conflict in there and elsewhere in Iraq to prolong and justify the u.s presence rather than Irani quds...thanks ALLAH


Saudi FM Calls for Unity in Face of 'Iranian Challenge

by VOA NEWS (not verified) on

Saudi FM Calls for Unity in Face of 'Iranian Challenge

March 04, 2009
VOA News

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister is calling on his Arab counterparts to forge a common vision to deal with what he called the "Iranian challenge."
At a meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo Tuesday, Prince Saud al-Faisal said that resolving problems among Arabs depends on a joint position regarding Iran's stance on Gulf security and its nuclear program.

In recent months non-Arab Iran has announced plans to boost its presence in the Gulf, especially around the key oil transit lanes of the Strait of Hormuz. It is also pursuing a nuclear program that Western nations believe is aimed at producing atomic weapons.

Arab states have also expressed concern about overtures by the new U.S. administration toward Tehran.

On Monday, a senior U.S. official said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton assured her United Arab Emirates counterpart during a Cairo meeting that the U.S. would move forward on relations with Iran only in consultation with Washington's Arab allies.

Regional worries about Iranian intentions flared last month when an Iranian official claimed that Bahrain was an Iranian province as recently as 1971, prompting the Gulf Island nation to halt a lucrative gas deal with Tehran.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other top officials worked quickly to defuse the tensions.

Iran was also quick to denounce the sluggish response of some Arab leaders to Israel's recent offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Farhad Kashani

I'm glad that Iraqis have

by Farhad Kashani on

I'm glad that Iraqis have woke up and are realizing the extent of IRI's disasterous influence in their country.

So glad to see that.



by maziar 058 (not verified) on

also adding the AMIA bombig in Buenos Aires,
khavaran case in tehran and countless others....

seems like they all eating haleem from the same pot toghether.


What arrest warrant?

by Kooseh the filthy rich deal maker (not verified) on

Rafsanjani is extremely cunning and corrupt enough to be the deal maker in all dirty dealings and wheelings as he was in Iran Contra affair. Remember?!