John Kerry lobbies Iraq to block Iranian flights
Nikhil Kumar is The Independent's New York correspondent. He was formerly assistant editor on the foreign desk and has also done a variety of jobs on the city desk, where he wrote about markets, commodities and other business and economics topics.
Sunday 24 March 2013
America’s new top diplomat, John Kerry, made an unannounced visit to Iraq at the weekend to lobby the country’s leadership to tackle Iranian flights over its territory, which the US believes are being used to ferry arms to the regime of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.
Both Baghdad and Tehran maintain that the flights are carrying humanitarian supplies for the country.
“Anything that supports President Assad is problematic,” the US Secretary of State said following talks with the Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki. Local officials deny that Iraqi airspace is being used to bolster the Assad regime.
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