Jahangiri

Iran urges strong support for Baghdad

IRNA – Iran’s First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said Thursday that Tehran remains to be against any attempts threatening Iraq’s territorial integrity.

‘We should strongly support Baghdad in managing the situation,’ Jahangiri said during a telephone conversation with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım.

He also described as instrumental holding trilateral high-level ministerial talks between Iran, Turkey and Iraq and called for consensus among the three regional nations to address the issue of the Kurdistan region in Iraq.

Tehran is continuing its consultations with Baghdad and it will try to manage the situation after the referendum in the Iraqi region on 25 September.

The Iranian official said that our principle remains to be upholding the Iraqi parliaments ratifications and decisions made by the country’s government as well as the Iraqi constitution.

Calling Iraq as an important Arab nation, the Iranian First Vice President stressed that Iran will support territorial integrity of both Iraq and Syria and that Tehran will not accept any change in the international geographical borders.

In the meantime, Binali Yıldırım said that holding a referendum in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region was a strategic mistake.

The referendum was the result of the greed of some parties and is going to disturb peace in the region.

The Turkish Prime Minister also emphasized that Iran, Turkey and Iraq, as neighbors, undertake more initiatives and enhance their cooperation.

Jahangiri and Yıldırım also talked about the visit to Tehran by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan which is expected to take place on Wednesday next week.