Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif vowed the country’s continued support for the Iraqi nation, saying that Tehran will never hesitate to stand by Baghdad in the fight against foreign-backed terrorists.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran will side with the Iraqi people and government until the complete elimination of terrorists,” Zarif said at a Sunday meeting with Head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI) Ammar Hakim in Tehran.
He further praised recent victories achieved by the Iraqi army troops and volunteer forces against terrorists and expressed the hope that with the help of God and through concentrated efforts of the Iraqi people and government, the Arab country will be fully cleared of terror groups soon.
The Iranian top diplomat also stressed the need for stronger unity among various political and ethnic groups in Iraq and other regional countries in the anti-terror campaign.
Hakim, for his part, expressed his gratitude to Iran for supporting the Iraqi nation in the fight against terrorism.
He said Iraq is facing exceptional circumstances, adding that unity among all Iraqi forces, popular forces in particular, played a significant role in the latest advances against Daesh terrorists.
Iraq has been facing the growing threat of terrorism, mainly posed by the Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorist group.
Daesh militants made swift advances in much of northern and western Iraq over the summer of 2014, after capturing large swaths of northern Syria.
Amid tensions in Iraq, Iran is known as the first country to help the Arab country and has always voiced support for Iraq’s solidarity and prosperity.
(Source: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence)