Spokesman Criticizes Iraq’s Inspection of Iranian Planes
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iraq’s decision to force Iranian planes to land for inspection is out of step with friendly relations between the two countries, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman stressed.
“Iraq's decision to land the Iranian planes (for inspection) is an unfriendly measure and runs counter to cordial relations between us,” Seyed Abbad Araqchi said on Tuesday.
Iraq has several times forced Syria-bound Iranian cargo planes to land and searched them for weapons, but no arms have been found on them.
“Nothing has been found in any of the planes that have been stopped, and the authenticity of our remarks on the issue has been proved,” Araqchi said, but at the same time noted that Iran is aware of pressures imposed on the Iraqi government to inspect air cargos.
The Islamic republic has accused Iraq of violating international aviation agreements, and expressed hope that such inspections would not be repeated.
In April, Baghdad checked Iranian aircraft for three consecutive days. The searches, however, found nothing but humanitarian aid and commercial goods.