Iranian president to visit Baghdad
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will make a landmark visit to Baghdad on March 2 for talks with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and other officials, Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said on Thursday.
Ahmadinejad's visit will be the first to Iraq by the president of the Islamic Republic, which is at loggerheads with the United States over the causes of violence in Iraq.
Washington accuses Iran of giving weapons and training to Shi'ite militias in Iraq, including armour-piercing bombs known as explosively formed penetrators (EFPs) that have killed hundreds of U.S. troops. Tehran denies the charges.
Dabbagh said Ahmadinejad would visit Iraq for two days at the invitation of President Jalal Talabani.
"It's significant in the sense that Iraq wants to have good relations with Iran (but) there should be no interference in Iraq's internal affairs," Dabbagh told Reuters.
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