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Iraqi Government Denies Arms Deal With Iran
The Defense Ministry said companies from many countries including Iran had offered to supply the Iraqi army with arms and ammunition "but the trade-off was in favour of other companies and no contracts had been signed with any Iranian company."
On Tuesday, Iranian ambassador to Baghdad Hassan Danaeifar refuted recent Western media reports of an Iran-Iraq arms deal.
"No agreement on military and arms cooperation has been inked with the Iraqi side so far. However, Iran will be ready to consider the request if needed," Danaeifar told Fars news agency.
Lawmaker Hassan al-Senied from Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's Dawa Party told reporters earlier that Iraq was negotiating buying weapons from Iran.
Earlier this week, Western media claimed Iran had signed a deal to sell arms and ammunition worth US$195 million to Iraq.
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