Iraq's Ambassador to India, Mr.
SV Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tarik Aziz speaking to newsmen in Amman, Jordan.
GV Iraqi Ambassador to India taking seat at press conference in New Delhi, India.
CU Ambassador Mr. Fadil S.M. Al-Azzawi speaking in Arabic.
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Background: Iraq's Ambassador to India, Mr. Fadil S.M. Al-Azzawi, says Iran's revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini is to blame for hostilities along the Iran-Iraq border. Mr. Al-Azzawi made his remarks at a news conference in New Delhi on Thursday (25 September). The Iraqi Vice Premier Tarik Aziz who arrived in Jordan on Friday (26 September), has held talks with King Hussein on the border conflict.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Aziz stopped in Amman on his way to Paris. At a news conference he said he was looking for ways of solving the conflict diplomatically, but, he added, "the Iranians' arrogance has blocked all agreement". King Hussein has congratulated Iraq on what he calls "splendid victories" over Iran.
In New Delhi, the Iraqi Ambassador to India has told a news conference that the Ayatollah Khomeini was to blame for the escalation of the Iran-Iraq conflict. Mr. Al-Azzawi traced the history of relations between Iran and Iraq and concluded that the revolutionary government in Teheran had deliberately provoked the present outbreak of hostilities. Mr. Al-Azzawi said Iran has abrogated the border treaty governing sovereignty over the disputed Shatt Al-Arab waterway at the mouth of the Arabian Gulf.
The Iraqi ambassador told the news conference that his country would welcome any initiative taken by non-aligned nations to arrive at a peaceful settlement of the undeclared war. Mr. Al-Azzawi also commended the appeal by the United Nations Security Council to stop hostilities.