Iraqi President Barham Salih remarked that "Iran is an important neighbour to us and it has helped us against oppression and ISIS. It is true that Iran has influence as does Iraq in Iran. The influence is mutual, but the decision-making power ultimately lies in Iraq and its constitutional institutions, meaning the government, parliament and judiciary". He also underscored that "Iraq cannot be a platform to harm any of our neighbours. We absolutely cannot be a part of any plot to target any of our neighbours".
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