Tehran — Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on Iraq to demand US troops leave “as soon as possible”, warning that Washington is plotting to remove the government in Baghdad. The remarks came during a visit to Tehran on Saturday by Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, whose country is under pressure from the US to distance itself from Iran. “You should take actions to make sure the Americans withdraw their troops from Iraq as soon as possible because wherever they have had an enduring presence, forcing them out has become problematic,” Khamenei told Abdul Mahdi. “The current government and parliament in Iraq and the political figures are not what the US desires; they plot to remove them from the political scene of Iraq,” he said, according to his official website. Abdul Mahdi, on his first official trip to Iran, also met President Hassan Rouhani, who visited Iraq in March. Baghdad is under pressure from Washington to limit ties with its neighbour, particularly...

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