Dushanbe: US Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton implicitly warned Iran on Saturday not to interfere in
neighbouring Iraq after President Barack Obama announced all
US troops will leave Iraq by year end.
"As we open this new chapter in a relationship with a
sovereign Iraq, to the Iraqis we say: `America is with you as
you take your next steps in your journey to secure your
democracy," Clinton said on a visit to the Central Asian
nation of Tajikistan.
"And to countries in the region, especially Iraq`s
neighbours, we want to emphasise that America will stand with
our allies and friends, including Iraq, in defence of our
common security and interests," she said.
"We will have a robust continuing presence throughout the
region, which is proof of our ongoing commitment to Iraq and
to the future of that region, which holds such promise and
should be free from outside interference to continue on a
pathway to democracy," Hillary added.
Obama said yesterday all American troops will leave Iraq
by the end of the year, ending a long war which cleaved deep
political divides and estranged the United States from its
Obama`s predecessor George W Bush ordered the invasion of
Iraq in 2003, arguing that its then leader Saddam Hussein was
endangering the world with weapons of mass destruction
programmes. After Saddam was toppled, such arms were never