Leader’s top aide: Iran never allows disintegration of Iraq

FNA- Iranian Supreme Leader’s top aide Ali Akbar Velayati blasted the US and other states’ attempts to create rift among Iraq’s Shia, Sunni and Kurdish population, and said Tehran will stand against those who plot to disintegrate Iraq.

“The three groups of Shias, Kurds and Sunnis have been living in Iraq for years and centuries and this is while the chief of staff of the US army once said that Iraq should be separated in three parts,” Velayati said in a meeting with a French official in Tehran on Tuesday.

“We are fully opposed to this and stand against such harmful measures to the region and any foreign side who wants to pursue disintegration policies in the regional countries will face Iran’s opposition in words and in practice,” he added.

Velayati said in additiont to fight against the terrorists who want to find control over the neighboring state, another reason of Iran’s advisory military role in Iraq is fighting against the plots to disintegrate the country.

In relevant remarks earlier this month, Velayati warned that the US and its allies are hatching plots to divide the Middle Eastern countries into smaller states.

“What is pursued by the US and Western countries is to partition Syria into four parts and the same issue is also envisaged for Iraq to be divided into three parts and also for Yemen to be divided into at least two parts,” Velayati said in a meeting with a Tunisian parliamentary delegation in Tehran.

He underlined that disintegration of Muslim countries would certainly lead to “dangerous consequences and outcomes”.

Velayati pointed to the dangerous conditions and the presence of terrorists in the region, and said, “There is an undesirable and dangerous situation surrounding Tunisia, which has led to insecurity in the region.”

He underlined that Muslim countries have great resources and can potentially become an important part of the world power.

Velayati expressed the hope that the ongoing wars in Iraq and Syria as well as conflicts in other regional countries would end.

Also, in mid-April, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined Tehran’s emphasis on its principal policy of support for other states’ territorial integrity, and voiced his government’s tough opposition to the disintegration of any other country.

“We have laid emphasis on the stability of the countries, and stressed that the killings and war should come to an end; there needs to be serious and decisive fight against terrorism in all its forms and under any name,” Rouhani said, addressing a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara.

The Iranian president pointed to the continuation of the regional crises, specially in Syria and Iraq, and said, “The fate of every country is in the hands of its people and no foreign power can decide the fate of other states.”

He said that the region is facing many problems, and added, “The people of Yemen are facing brutal killings as insecurity and massacre of innocent people in Syria continues, while we are not witnessing favorable stability in Iraq either.”