ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – In a meeting with the ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Iraq, 50 Iraqi tribes declared their allegiances to Tehran and said they are ready to make sacrifices for the neighboring country.
On Monday, dozens of Iraqi tribal leaders from the country’s south visited the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad and met with the Iranian Ambassador to Iraq, Iraj Masjedi, the Iranian government-controlled IRNA reported.
The visit was part of continued trips the Iraqi tribal leaders make to the Iranian Embassy to meet with the ambassador, the report noted.
IRNA revealed that the 50 tribal leaders from Basra, Kut, and other areas in southern Iraq reaffirmed their solidarity with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The Iraqi tribal leaders expressed readiness to sacrifice their lives and wealth to defend Iran, the report said.
The leaders also condemned the recent attack on the Iranian Consulate in Basra, claiming it was a plot by the United States, Israel, and Saudi Arabia.
On Sept. 7, Iraqi protesters set the Iranian Consulate ablaze in the southern province of Basra.
Iran and Iraqi Shia militia groups, meanwhile, have blamed the Americans and Saudis for the attack on the consulate.
According to the report, the Iraqi tribes praised Iran’s role for its support to Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State.
During the meeting, Masjedi claimed the brotherly relations between Iraq and Iran worry some people, and the recent attack on the Iranian consulate is an attempt to damage those relations.
The Iraqi tribal leaders have yet to issue a statement about the meeting.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany