Iran considers Iraqi security as its own-Khamenei
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said that the Islamic Republic of Iran considers the Iraqi security as its own.
Khamenei made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported Oct. 21.
The Supreme Leader said that security, welfare, national sovereignty and dignity of Iraq, which is an important country in the region, is of high significance for the Islamic Republic.
The Leader rebuked the trans-regional powers and certain regional governments for irresponsible policies toward Iraq and Syria.
" Iran believes that Iraqi nation and government, especially the youth of the country, are capable of overcoming terrorists and establish security without need to foreign presence," Khamenei said.
He also congratulated Iraqi nation and government on success in the great test of forming the new government.
Khamenei also appreciated the "great services" of former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for Iraq and the region.
He underlined that Iran stands by Iraq and defends the Iraqi government like former government seriously.
The Supreme Leader said that the Iraqi security is a top priority for Iran.
Khamenei made clear that security of the regional states are interrelated and that the Islamic Republic sees Iraq, the brotherly and neighboring country with extensive relations.
He said the Iraqi government's policy over the past several years not to allow the Iraqi soil to be used against Syria was a right and prudent policy.
"The current situation in the region is the outcome of the very irresponsible behavior of the extra-territorial powers and certain regional states toward Syria requiring firm stand," Khamenei stated.
The Supreme Leader pointed to the anti-IS (Islamic States, formerly ISIL or ISIS) coalition, saying, "We do not have the least belief and confidence in honesty of the claims and believe that the issue of the ISIL, and terrorism should be cured by regional states."
He said the policy of national and ethnic unity of new Iraqi government is a fully right policy. "Iraq is a geographic entity and division of Shia and Sunni Muslims, Arab and Kurd is meaningless in Iraq," Khamenei underlined.
The Iraqi PM for his part said his country is thankful of the very good stance of the Supreme Leader and Iran's support in case of the IS and campaign against terrorists.
He referred to certain plots to divide Shia and Sunni Muslims and said Iraqi new government is the government of national unity.
"We are determined to further expand relations between the two countries on various scenes," al-Abadi underlined.