News ID: 251573
Published: 0312 GMT April 17, 2019

Iraq rejects US claim about IRGC role in its economy

Iraq rejects US claim about IRGC role in its economy

Iraq resolutely refuted a recent US claim that Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) plays a part in the Arab country’s economic affairs, saying Washington is lying about the role of the elite military force, which in fact helped the Baghdad government defeat the terror group Daesh.

Speaking at a weekly presser on Wednesday, Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi of Iraq rejected as mere “lies” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s allegations that “some 20 percent of the Iraqi economy is controlled by the IRGC.”

The Iraqi premier expressed surprise at the top US diplomat’s claim and asserted that the elite Iranian defense force was not engaged in any economic activity in Iraq, Press TV reported.

The Americans speak of “20 percent, 10 percent, five percent or whatever other proportion…I don’t know how they have calculated these figures,” Abdul-Mahdi told reporters.

“We enjoy advanced economic ties and business transactions with Iran, but this is different from maintaining economic relations with the corps,” he added.




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