By John Lee.
The Iranian Fars News reports that Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian (pictured) has dismissed suggestions that his country had dispatched Sukhoi fighter jets to Iraq.
In an interview with the Iran-based Arabic-language Al-Alam on Sunday he said:
“The Iraqis have not yet made any demands from the Islamic Republic of Iran for arms shipments; of course if they ask for it, we will certainly consider their request positively … but the Islamic Republic of Iran has not sent any weapons or fighter jets to Iraq”.
He also dismissed claims that Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force General, Qassem Soleimani, is in Iraq to help the country in its war on terrorists, but he confirmed that Iran is providing Iraqi officials with consultations on fighting terrorism, but through diplomatic channels.
While waiting for delivery of US-made F-16 fighter jets, Iraq has bought Russian Sukhoi jets, some of which have already arrived in Baghdad, and have flown at least two missions last week, according to the Sunday Times.
(Sources: Fars News, Sunday Times)