Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday that Iran's enemies had planned to kidnap and kill him during his landmark visit to Iraq in March but a change of plans had foiled the plot.
"Based on reliable intelligence, the enemies had planned to kidnap and kill the servant of the (Iranian) nation during the trip to Iraq," state television quoted Ahmadinejad as saying in a speech.
"But with the change of one or two of our plans, their will power was shaken. They found out when we had left Iraq and they remained confounded," he added, without elaborating.
Ahmadinejad traveled to Iraq in early March in the first ever visit by an Iranian president, symbolizing the flourishing ties between Tehran and the new Shiite-led government in Baghdad installed after the ouster of Saddam Hussein.