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Iranian, Italian FMs stress necessity for confronting ISIL terrorists

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian and Italian top diplomats in a phone conversation discussed the latest developments in Iraq, and underlined the necessity for confronting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group.

Mohammad Javad Zarif and Federica Mogherini in their phone talk on Tuesday also laid emphasis on the need for an accelerated formation of a national unity government in Iraq.

They reiterated the necessity for confronting the attacks launched by the terrorist ISIL in Iraq, and called for a collective international action to protect the minorities and all civilians in Iraq.

Italy has voiced support for Iraq in its battle against terrorism.

During a meeting between the Italian foreign minister and the Iraqi foreign ministry undersecretary for bilateral relations, Nizar al-Khairullah, in Baghdad in August, the Italian official expressed his government’s support for Iraq against terrorism and praised the positive political developments in the country.

“For his part, al-Khairullah thanked the Italian government and people for backing Iraq in its war against the terrorist gangs and their inhumane practices against the Iraqi people,” the Iraqi foreign ministry said in a statement.

According to the statement, the two officials also discussed enhancement of Baghdad-Rome relations in all areas.

The crisis in Iraq escalated after the ISIL militants took control of Mosul in a lightning advance on June 10, which was followed by the fall of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) Northwest of the capital, Baghdad.

Soldiers of the Iraqi army have been engaged in heavy fighting with the militants on different fronts and have so far been able to push them back in several areas.

Outgoing Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said Saudi Arabia and Qatar are responsible for the security crisis and growing terrorism in his country, denouncing the Al Saud regime as a major supporter of global terrorism.

By Fars News Agency


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