Iran urges Iraq unity in battle against terrorism

A senior Iranian official has called for the unity of the Iraqi nation and political involvement of all Iraqi groups in the fight against terrorism in the Arab country.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the Iranian deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs, said on Wednesday that the Iraqi people should unite in defense of the interests of their country and its territorial integrity amid the current wave of terrorism in the region.

He made the remarks in a meeting with Ali Bapir, the leader of the Kurdistan Islamic Group.

During the meeting, Amir-Abdollahian urged political participation of all Iraqi tribes and ethnic groups according to the country’s constitution to defend the interests of Iraq.

The Iranian official said the scourge of extremism had been imported into the Muslim countries, adding that regional cooperation as well as avoiding plots by the United States and Israel will help put an end to the regional crises.

Iran, with a correct understanding of the essence of the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group and the goals of its supporters, was the first country which came to the support of the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan region in the fight against the terrorists, Amir-Abdollahian stated.

Bapir, for his part, also said unity among Iraqi tribes and ethnic groups will contribute to the success of the battle against ISIL militants.

The leader of the Kurdistan Islamic Group also highlighted the effective role of Iran in the Muslim world, calling for more efforts by Iran to strengthen unity and cooperation between Muslim nations.

Separately, Bapir met with Iranian Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani, where the two sides discussed the developments in Iraq and ways to defend the country against ISIL Takfiris.

Larijani said during the meeting that Iran has always stood by the Iraqi people and supports Iraq’s territorial integrity, national sovereignty and unity.

Bapir, in turn, appreciated the support of the Iranian nation for the Iraqi people and people in Iraq’s Kurdistan region.

ISIL currently controls parts of Iraq and Syria. The terrorists have committed crimes against all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Izadi Kurds and others in the two countries.

By Press TV