Iraqi President Barham Salih said on Wednesday that Iraq, under no circumstances, will allow the US to use its military bases in Iraq to conduct attack on neighboring countries like Iran, ONA reports citing IRNA.
"We do not want our territory to be a staging post for any hostile action against any of our neighbors, including Iran," Salih told CNN.
Earlier US president Donald Trump said one reason behind US presence in Iraq is monitoring and controlling Iran.
In response to a question whether US sanctions could change Iran behavior in the region, he said "We in Iraq have suffered from sanctions in the 1990s, and the devastation that has afflicted Iraqi society has been really enduring, even to date."
Comparing US current threats against Iran with those before Iraq imposed war on Iran, Salih said that Saddam Hussein was "a unique case in history, adding: "But the parallel is as follows: It's easy to start a war, but very, very difficult to end a war.