Iran will send arms to Iraq but not troops: minister

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian speaks at his press conference about the crisis in Iraq and the situation in the Middle East in Moscow on July 1, 2014Iran will not send troops to fight a militant offensive in Iraq but will supply weapons if the government in Baghdad asks for help, the deputy foreign minister said Tuesday. “We have no intention of sending our armed forces into Iraq. Iraq has its own powerful army,” Hossein Amir Abdollahian said on a visit to Moscow, although he said the country would be sending military “consultants”. He said Iraq had not yet asked for arms but “in the case that there was such a demand… we would supply the necessary weapons for the fight against terrorism.”

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