Tehran, Iran, Jun. 16
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on June 16 that his country has not held any talks with the United States over the situation in Iraq.
"There is no need to hold any such talks as well," Amir-Abdollahian said, Iran's ISNA News Agency reported.
"Iraqi nation and the country's army are fully capable of handling the crisis," he explained.
He went no to note that Iran is facing no threat along its western borders. However, he added that the country has takes the necessary measures to act against any such threat.
A top American senator, Lindsey Graham, on June 15 called on the US administration to seek Iran's help to prevent what he sees as a possible collapse of the Iraqi government.
He also said that Washington will need Iran's involvement to help maintain the Iraqi government from takeover by al-Qaeda-inspired militants.
Tehran has voiced its opposition to any foreign intervention in the Iraqi affairs.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Saturday that any measure complicating the situation in Iraq will neither benefit the country nor the region.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group captured two provincial capitals last week, namely Tikrit in the Salahuddin Province, and Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, in the northern province of Nineveh, Press TV reported.
Over the past days, Iraqi armed forces have been engaged in fierce clashes with the extremist terrorists, who have threatened to take their acts of violence to other Iraqi cities, including the capital. Hundreds of Iraqi volunteers have rushed to army recruitment centers to join the fight against terrorism.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said on June 10 that his country was involved in a "war against terrorism," stressing that Baghdad "will never permit Mosul and Nineveh to remain under the shadow of terror and the terrorists."