Iran calls for end to terrorist moves from northern Iraq
( Irna ) - Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Monday that cross-border terrorist operations from northern Iraq is detrimental to the entire region calling for international action to stem such crimes.
Mottaki made the remarks in a joint press conference with his Syrian counterpart Walid Mouallem at the Syrian Foreign Ministry.
He referred to recent telephone conversation between President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with his Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and Iraqi Premier Nouri-al Maliki and said cooperation between Iran and Syria in resolving the issue would help restore security in the region.
On recent plot hatched by the US Senate on partitioning Iraq, he said Iran supports Iraqi national sovereignty and territorial integrity and the Iraqi democratic government as well.
Iran strongly condemns the move of US Senate, he said adding that a unified Iraq belongs to all Iraqi people and the identify of this Islamic and Arabic country should be preserved.
The Syrian foreign minister, for his part, referred to the current crisis in northern Iraq and said "Our brothers in Tehran are making efforts which is complementary to ours and the Syrian government calls for resolving Iraq-Turkey issue through political means."
"Terrorist operations of Turkish Workers Party (PKK) in north of Iraq threatens Turkey also Iran and Syria, he said.
"That is why, we call for diplomatic efforts to help Turkish security while maintaining the security and independence of Iraq through mutual cooperation and efforts of government of Prime Minister Nouri-al-Maliki," Mouallem said.