Iran only accepts integrated Iraq, votes of all Iraqi nation: Top General

IRNA – Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri said that geographical changes in the region and secession of a part of Iraq is not acceptable and Iran only accepts an integrated Iraq and the vote of all Iraqi nation.

“Iran’s common borders with Iraq would remain the same as mentioned by the prime minister of Iraq’s legitimate government and Iran does not accept ruling of any party in that country,” said Major General Baqeri.

He made the remarks in a meeting with the visiting Iraqi Army’s Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Othman al-Ghanimi on Wednesday.

“Our friends from Army’s Joint Staff and Iraq’s operational units would visit common border areas and discuss further details,” said the Iranian commander.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi commander said in the meeting that given the present regional situation, Iraq needs Iran’s help.

He added that Iran has stood by Iraq’s side in all difficult times and will stay with it until its complete reconstruction.

Noting that most of the occupied territories have been liberated from the enemies, al-Ghanimi said that only two percent or less have remained to be released and they will be purged from terrorists with Iran’s assistance.

He said that he is visiting Iran to discuss Iran-Iraq security and also is carrying a message from the Iraqi government and prime minister for the Iranian officials.