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A number of Iraqi politicians have taken the road to Tehran following last month's parliamentary elections.

Four major political alliances sent delegations to consult Iranian leaders but none of them sent anyone to the US embassy in Baghdad or to Washington.

This diplomatic activity indicates the importance many Iraqi politicians attach to Iran's stance on Iraqi affairs.

Iran, meanwhile, maintains that its positive influence in Iraq is mistaken as interference. But with Iraqi politicians meeting in Tehran to discuss the formation of a new government, Iran's power is surely unmistakeable.

So to what extent does Iran have a say in Iraq's current political haggling?

Most analysts agree that Iran would clearly prefer Nouri al-Maliki to remain as Iraq's prime minister, but does preference mean interference?

This episode of Inside Iraq aired on Friday, April 17, 2010.

Source: Al Jazeera