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Nouri Maliki: Ayatollah Rafsanjani an exceptional figure

10 January 2017 20:42

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Iraqi Vice-President Nouri al-Maliki described Ayatollah Rafsanjani as ‘an exceptional figure under exceptional conditions in an exceptional country’.

Al-Maliki made the remarks on the sidelines of a memorial service in Iranian Embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday.

‘He was a symbol of the Islamic Republic and a devoted combatant,’ he said.

Maliki, former Iraqi president, said the late Ayatollah Rafsabjani was a man of knowledge and action and his stances in many times brought the Islamic Republic of Iran out of deadlock,’ he said.

He described the late Ayatollah Rafsanjani as the flag bearer of Islam and Islamic Republic and his death as a great loss for his friends and confidants.

Asked on the late Rasanjani’s stances on Iraqi condition, Maliki said he was very acute in analyzing the Iraqi situation and had a good command on the country’s developments and recognized well the challenges faced by it and even better than the Iraqi politicians.

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