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After Missile Launch Iran Says It Respects Iraqi Sovereignty

Members of Iraq’s Hashed al-Shaabi army community try to interrupt into the US embassy within the capital Baghdad, on December 31, 2019, throughout a rally to vent anger over weekend air strikes that killed pro-Iran fighters in western Iraq. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP



Iran stated Wednesday it respects Iraq’s territorial integrity, after firing missiles at Iraqi bases housing US troops.

The early Wednesday strike led Iraq to say it might summon the Iranian ambassador.

In a letter to the United Nations Security Council and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Iran’s ambassador to the UN, Majid Takht Ravanchi, stated his nation has full respect for “the independence, sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of the Republic of Iraq.”

There have been no American or Iraqi army casualties within the strikes.

“The operation was precise and targeted military objectives thus leaving no collateral damage to civilians and civilian assets in the area,” the diplomat stated in a letter launched by the Iranian mission.

Iran “recalls its dedication to the maintenance of international peace and security and stresses that it does not seek escalation or war,” he stated.

Iraq’s overseas ministry stated Wednesday it might name within the Iranian ambassador due to the missile assault, which it referred to as a violation of Iraqi sovereignty.

Iraq had already summoned the US ambassador after the US drone strike final Friday that killed high Iranian common Qasem Soleimani close to Baghdad airport.

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