HOLY CITY OF NAJAF, Iraq: Grand Ayatullah Ali al-Sistani refused to meet the Chairman of the Iranian Expediency Council Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi who was sent by the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in order to visit Iraq and meet with its officials
Shahroudi asked to meet Al-Sistani during his visit to Najaf, which lasted for two or three days, as part of his tour inside Iraq, but Sistani refused to meet with him,” Al-Ghad Press and Baghdad Post news agencies reported.
The reasons behind Sistani’s stance are not clear yet, the sources added.
On Friday, Shahroudi met with Head of State of the Law Coalition, Nouri al-Maliki and leaders of Iranian militias In Iraq and Syria (IMIS).
Shahroudi’s visit to Iraq comes amid the growing tensions inside the Shiite coalition after Ammar al-Hakim has defected the coalition to form the National Wisdom Movement on the 24th of July, the move which provoked Iran.