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Iran's top diplomat in Baghdad denies he faces expulsion order

Iran’s top diplomat in Iraq, Hassan Kazemi-Qomi, dismissed as “rumours” reports that he had been expelled from the country. “It is wrong. I am here. I am working. It is only a rumour,” Kazemi-Qomi told AFP Friday at the Iranian embassy in central Baghdad. “I have a meeting now with members of the interim government,” he said, before heading for talks with Iraq’s coalition-installed transitional leadership. The Iranian news agency Mehr reported Thursday that US civilian administrator, Paul Bremer, had ordered the expulsion of Kazemi-Qomi. It quoted an unidentified source close to the interim Governing Council as saying the decision was related to the diplomat’s alleged military background. Full Story

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