Iran backing Iraq anti-terror bid with all might: Official

A senior Iranian official says the Islamic Republic supports Iraq in its battle against terrorism with “all might.”

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Secretary General of Iraq’s Kurdistan Socialist Democratic Party (KSDP) Muhammad Haji Mahmoud on Sunday, where the two officials exchanged views on the latest developments in Iraq and the region.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran believes an integrated, united and strong Iraq guarantees the interests of all ethnic groups and tribes in the country in line with regional interests,” Amir-Abdollahian said.

He further expressed hope that the Iraqi nation and government would soon root out the menace of ISIL Takfiri terrorists in the country by relying on domestic potential and through unity and solidarity.

The Iraqi Kurdish official, for his part, praised Iran’s all-out support for the Iraqi nation and government in their fight against terrorist groups.

He further voiced concern over continued foreign support for ISIL terrorists, who are currently wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been in chaos since ISIL started its campaign of terror in early June 2014. The terrorists are in control of the city of Mosul, the second largest city of Iraq.

Since then, Iraq’s army has been joined by Kurdish forces, and Shia and Sunni volunteers in operations to drive the ISIL terrorists out of the areas they have seized.

Iran has repeatedly stressed that it will not interfere militarily in Iraq, but that it will continue to provide support for the country against ISIL in the form of defense consultation as well as humanitarian aid.

By Press TV