Iraqi Sunnis Lash Out at Ahmadinejad!
Iraqi Sunnis lash out at Mahmoud!
The Sunni group said that Ahmadinejad’s threat to move into Iraq after the US retreated caused concern to all Iraqis.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that Iran is ready to “fill the gap” once the US forces pull out of Iraq in defeat.
The Association of Muslim Scholars, a hardline Sunni group, blasted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for threatening to fill the gap in Iraq if US forces left prematurely.
Access News and ROP reported:
(AXcess News) Washington – Iraqi Sunni Clerics snubbed Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s offer for Iranian troops to move into Iraq and protect the Middle Eastern nation from terrorist forces should the U.S. pull its troops out.
The Sunni Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS) condemned statements by Ahmadinejad in which he said Iran was ready to fill the security vacuum in Iraq in case U.S. forces withdraw.
A spokesperson for the Sunni clerics said, “Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s statements have caused concern to all groups of the Iraqi people.”
The AMS spokesman said,”Iran’s interference in Iraq since the (U.S.) invasion was negative and not in line with good neighborliness.” He noted that Iraqis would not see Iran as a friendly nation, but would view their forces with suspicion.
“Statements of the Iranian officials during the past period were not encouraging to establish good neighborly relations because they involved maximizing the supremacy of a nation at the expense of another,” the AMS spokesman noted.
In a press conference in Tehran Tuesday, Iranian President Ahmadinejad said…
“We are ready to help restore security of the region through collective cooperation with our regional friends and Saudi Arabia,” he pointed out.
The Arab League Chief Amr Moussa called for talks between Arab countries and Iran over Iraq today after the threats by Mahmoud earlier in the week to “fill the void.”
Earlier in August Ahmadinejad announced that he was planning on visiting Iraq in the near future.