Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said Thursday that he maintains "friendship and good relations" with Iran but rejects any interference by Tehran in Iraq's affairs.
Al-Sadr made the comments in an interview on Iraqi state television, nearly two weeks after he re-emerged in public after dropping out of sight amid a US-Iraqi security crackdown nearly four months ago.
The anti-American cleric dodged a question about his disappearance from public view during which he was believed to have been in Iran. But he said he rejected Iranian interference in Iraqi affairs.
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