Iran’s aid to Iraq in fighting terrorism is practical
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 17
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran's cooperation with Iraq in fighting terrorism is not just words, it is also practical, the Islamic Republic's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said.
The sides have made big progress on the issue, Larijani said, Iran's Mehr news agency reported Dec. 17.
Larijani made the remarks during a joint press conference with his Iraqi counterpart, Salim al-Jabouri in Tehran.
Larijani said that if any other state is interested to involve in fighting terrorism, grounds for cooperation should be prepared. He also called the US-led anti-IS (Islamic State) coalition as a fake coalition, saying its measures are only limited to words.
Larijani said that during talks with his Iraqi counterpart al-Jabouri the sides touched upon the security issues of the region.
All regional countries should take part to resolve the region's security problems, the Iranian speaker emphasized.
Al-Jabouri, heading a high-ranking parliamentary delegation, arrived in Tehran on Dec. 16 for a three-day visit and he will hold talks with senior Iranian officials and lawmakers.
Earlier Iraqi media outlets reported that al-Jabouri will ask Iranian officials to help Iraq resolve its problems with terrorist groups.
Later in October Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited Tehran and held meetings with senior Iranian officials, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani.
Al-Abadi visited Iran as part of the two sides' efforts to help Iraq in fighting against the IS (Islamic State, formerly ISIL or ISIS) group, as well as strengthening cooperation between the two countries, according to the Iraq premier office.
The IS group was created in 2003 in Iraq. Following the start of military confrontation in Syria between the armed opposition and the government forces, the IS penetrated the country in 2013.
Strengthening of the IS in Syria allowed it to return to Iraq, deploying military actions against government forces there.
In late June of 2014, the IS announced about the creation of the 'Islamic Caliphate' on the territories under its control in Iraq and Syria. In turn, Iraqi authorities asked the international community for help in fighting the IS.
Umid Niayesh is Trend Agency's staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @UmidNiayesh