‘Iran optimistic about Iraqi future’

TEHRAN – Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, an advisor to Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani for international affairs, said on Sunday that Iran is optimistic about developments unfolding Iraq and the future of the country.

“I am optimistic about the developments and the future of Iraq, because the legal government, popular mobilization forces and the army of Iraq are acting coordinately,” Amir-Abdollahian said in a televised interview.

However, he said the U.S. moves in Iraq is worrisome.

The U.S. withdrew its forces from Iraq in 2016 but again it is seeking to deploy them in the country under the pretext of fighting Daesh which is a source of “concern”, he added.

Elsewhere, Amir-Abdollahian said that it is the Syrian people who should decide about the future of their country.

He said that the U.S. seeks to undermine security in the Middle East in order to benefit from it.

The veteran politician also said Saudi Arabia’s military attack on Yemen has been a “strategic mistake”.

Saudi Arabia has no choice but adopting “political strategy” to end the war in Yemen, he added.

Pointing to the unrest in Bahrain, Amir-Abdollahian said peace will be reestablished in the country if Saudi Arabia stops military interference in the country.

Amir-Abdollahian served as Iran’s ambassador to Manama from 2007 to 2010.

By Tehran Times