TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani took the US and reactionary regional states for supporting the crimes committed by the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Iraq and other countries of the region.
“The SNSC secretary said that the US, the regional reactionaries and some other states are supporting the ISIL terrorist group and they seek to create instability in the region and therefore we are witnessing unrests in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt,” member of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Javad Karimi Qoddousi told FNA, quoting Shamkhani as saying in a closed-door parliament meeting in Tehran on Wednesday.
Shamkhani blasted the US and its allies’ attempts to sow discord among the Muslims, and underlined that the regional people’s vigilance can turn this threat into an opportunity, Karimi Qoddousi added.
“Shamkhani said that the political atmosphere in Iraq will not witness much tension from now on and unity and integrity among the Shiite streams, the Sunnis, Kurds and minorities has been established due to their concerns about the ISIL’s actions (in Iraq),” the Iranian MP said.
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani
In relevant remarks in June, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei took the US and other western powers responsible for the current crisis in Iraq, and voiced opposition to any foreign intervention in the Muslim country.
“In Iraq’s issue, the hegemonic western powers, specially the US, are seeking to misuse the ignorance and bias of a number of elements with no decision-making power,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a meeting with Iran’s Judiciary Chief Sadeq Amoli Larijani and other high-ranking Judiciary officials in Tehran at the time.
The Leader stressed that the enemies aim to deprive the Iraqi nation of their achievements gained after the US forces’ withdrawal from the country, the most important of which, he said, has been a democratic system.
“The US is displeased with the current process of election with the people’s high turnout and election of people’s choices because the US intends to dominate Iraq and bring to power those who obey it.”
Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the US officials’ remarks who are trying to display the conflict in Iraq as a sectarian war, and said, “What has happened in Iraq is not a war between the Shiites and Sunnis and the main elements behind the seditions in Iraq are hostile to the faithful Sunnis and those who believe in Iraq’s independence as much as they are hostile to the Shiites.”
He voiced Iran’s opposition to the foreign intervention in Iraq, and said, “We believe that the Iraqi government and nation and the country’s religious leadership are able to end the sedition and God willing, they will end it.”
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