Iran urges halt to instrumental use of terrorism in Mideast
Iran has called for an end to the instrumental use of terrorism for political purposes in the Middle East amid atrocities perpetrated by Takfiri ISIL militants in Iraq, PressTV reported.
"All parties in the region should be sensitive to the issue of terrorism and [terrorist] activities and monitor the situation carefully and the instrumental use of terrorism must be stopped," Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said at her weekly press conference in Tehran on Wednesday.
Referring to the three-nation tour of the Persian Gulf by Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Iran's deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs, Afkham pointed out that the Islamic Republic's consultations are focused on "the issue that terrorism should not be employed as a means to influence the political process in Iraq."
Amir-Abdollahian left Tehran on Sunday for the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Oman.
Touching on issues surrounding Iraq's Kurdistan, the Iranian diplomat noted that Tehran supports all moves that aim to maintain "unity, territorial integrity and solidarity" of Iraq, adding, "Iraq's disintegration in not in the interests of this country and we are sure no Iraqi would consent to the breakup and weakening of their country."
The remarks came one week after Masoud Barzani, the president of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), told the state-run BBC that arrangements are being made for a referendum on Kurdistan's future within months. His comments came only two days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu supported the creation of an independent Kurdistan state.
Iraq is currently witnessing a spate of violence, which escalated after militants from the Takfiri ISIL group took control of large swathes of the country, including key cities early in June.
The terrorists have announced the formation of a so-called Islamic caliphate or state and declared the terrorist group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as "the caliph" and "leader of Muslims everywhere."