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Iran vows to stand by Iraq for boosting security

13 December 2016 8:00

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“All Iraqi ethnicities, tribes and groups must also take steps in this path,” Zarif said in a meeting with Head of the Iraqi National Alliance (INA) Ammar al-Hakim in Tehran on Monday.

He added that the stellar relations between Iran and Iraq must serve as a model for other countries in the region.

The top Iranian diplomat hailed the very valuable political and military achievements by the Iraqi government, nation and groups and said INA’s bid for national reconciliation in Iraq is admirable and very important for the country’s political future.

“There is the possibility of cooperation among all groups inside the Iraqi territory and it is crucial that certain regional countries do not transfer their problems onto Iraq,” Zarif said.

Hakim, for his part, briefed the Iranian foreign minister on the latest political and military developments in Iraq and hailed Iran’s support for his country’s government and nation in the fight against terrorism.

Earlier on Monday, the INA head held talks with Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani. Hakim also on Sunday met with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

Hakim has served as the head of the INA, which is comprised of Shia political parties since September.

The alliance, which holds the majority of seats in the Iraqi parliament, includes four political parties, namely the State of Law Coalition, the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, the National Reform Trend Party and the Sadrist Movement.

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