پنجشنبه ۱۸ آذر ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۱۰:۲۱ - ۸ دسامبر ۲۰۱۶
US Secretary of State Colin Powell, in Baghdad on a surprise visit, warned the Islamic government that its actions to gain influence in Iraq would be regarded with “disfavor.” July 30, 2004 - “Any actions taken by Iran which seek to gain influence in Iraq we would look at with disfavor,” US Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Friday, during a joint press conference with Iraqi deputy prime minister Barham Saleh.
“We hope the Iran authorities realize that it is in their interest to have a stable Iraq as their neighbor,” Powell added.
Iraqi defense minister and other Iraqi officials have in the past weeks stepped up their criticism against what they call efforts by the Islamic Republic’s security forces to infiltrate Iraq’s national and local institutions, and providing aid for Iraqi insurgents.
The Islamic government officials denied the charges, but said control of the long porous border in order to prevent terrorists from crossing into Iraq from Iran was impossible.