By DONNA ABU-NASR
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP)
One of Iran’s most powerful politicians vowed Wednesday that the Islamic world will stop a long-term security agreement that is being negotiated by the U.S. and Iraq.
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani told a gathering of Muslim figures in the holy city of Mecca that the United States is trying to enslave Iraqis through the deal. This comments were the strongest and most high-level public condemnations of the potential security deal by an Iranian official.
“The essence of this agreement is to turn the Iraqis into slaves before the Americans, if it is sealed,” the former president of Iran said. “This will not happen. The Iraqi people, the Iraqi government and the Islamic nation will not allow it.”
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