Iran helping promote peace, unity in Iraq: Analyst

A political analyst has highlighted the significance of a recent visit to Iraq by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, saying it would contribute to the promotion of unity and peace in the Arab country.

“…such visits by the Iranian foreign minister would definitely assist and help” ease “tension and would emphasize on the unity of Iraq,” Sa’ad al-Muttalibi, from the State of Law Coalition from Baghdad, told Press TV in an interview on Wednesday.

The commentator described Zarif’s trip as “very important,” saying it took place at “a very important time when Iraq is trying to form a unity government.

Al-Muttalibi also said the Iranian foreign minister’s trip to Iraq’s Kurdistan would underline “the importance of the role that Kurdistan regional government can play in unifying Iraq and the continuous struggle and battle against ISIL” terrorists in the Arab country.

Zarif traveled to Iraq on Sunday and held talks with high-ranking Iraqi officials, including President Fuad Masum, Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, outgoing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri and head of National Iraqi Alliance, Ibrahim al-Jaafari.

The top Iranian diplomat also sat down with a number of Iraqi Shia clerics, including Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.

The Iranian foreign minister traveled to Iraq’s Kurdistan region on Tuesday on the second leg of his two-day visit to the Arab country and held talks with top officials of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), including President Masoud Barzani, in Erbil, to discuss the threat posed by Takfiri ISIL militants to the region.

Addressing a joint press conference with Zarif in the day, President of Iraq’s KRG Masoud Barzani hailed Iran for supporting Iraqi Kurds in their fight against Takfiri ISIL militants.

Iraqi Kurds would never forget Tehran’s support that came at a crucial timing without any expectation for reciprocation, he said.

Barzani also underlined the need to continue fighting ISIL terrorists and said the final defeat of the Takfiri militants is only possible through joint efforts on the part of all regional countries.

Iraq has faced turmoil caused by the ISIL in the north and west since early June. The crisis deteriorated in recent weeks, as the militants swept over new towns in the north, forcing members of the minorities out of their homes.

The ISIL terrorists have threatened various communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and Izadi Kurds, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.

By Press TV


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