Dy FM rules out direct talks with US on Iraqi situation

Tehran, June 16, IRNA – Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Monday ruled out direct talks with US on Iraqi situation.

Talking to IRNA on the sidelines of a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of South Africa liberation, Amir-Abdollahian said that there is no need for direct talks with the United States on the Iraqi situation.

Amir-Abdollahian said that the Iraqi military is strong enough to defend the country against Daesh terror group and they donˈt need Iranian assistance to thwart the terrorist movement.

To another question on the possibility of direct talks with Washington on the security situation in Iraq, he said that the current nuclear talks with the western governments only concerns the nuclear dispute.

Asked about security of Iranian borders in the aftermath of the savagery of Daesh terror group killing the innocent people in summary executions, he said that no threat is exposed to Iranian borders.

Amir-Abdollahian said that Iraqi government is fully prepared to counter terrorism and had concentrated all its efforts to put an end to terrorism in the country.

He said that definitely, the Islamic Republic of Iran, will provide them with any consultation that would help Iraq army and armed forces to thwart the menace of terrorism; however, Iran will never directly interfere in Iraq.

He noted that the Iraqi religious leader issued Fatwa (religious edict) and the popular mobilization indicates that there is a great capacity for settlement of the crisis and restoration of peace to the country.



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