Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad Hassan Danayeefar categorically dismissed the media reports that Iran has been invited by France to attend the anti-ISIL conference in Paris.
Danayeefar’s remarks came after the Associated Press (AP) on Friday misquoted him as saying that “Iran is happy with participating in the Paris conference because the meeting to a great extent is in the interest of Iraq.
“We have not received any invitation letter from France to attend the anti-ISIL conference in Paris,” Danayeefar told FNA on Sunday.
Meantime, Danayeefar said that Iran is ready to provide any kind of help to the fight against terrorism in Iraq and restore security to its Muslim neighbor.
Late in August, French President Francois Hollande said the Islamic Republic could be an interlocutor on ways to deal with the dangers posed by the ISIL terrorist group that is wreaking havoc on Iraq and Syria.
But a few days later, US Secretary of State John Kerry said his country opposes Iran’s presence in the Paris Conference.
In response Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian on Saturday lashed out at certain western states for pursuing a double-standard policy towards campaign against terrorism in various countries.
“Iran believes in a real and nonselective fight against terrorism in the region and the world,” Amir Abdollahian said on Saturday.
Amir Abdollahian stressed that the Islamic Republic was the first country to assist Iraq in the fight against terrorism.
The Iranian deputy foreign minister also stated that Tehran will continue to fully support Iraq and Syria in the battle against terrorism.
His remarks came after NATO heads of state convened in the Welsh city of Newport on 4-5 September and US Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told foreign and defense ministers participating in the NATO summit that the US was forming a broad international coalition against the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Ministers from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Poland and Denmark met in Wales to hammer out a strategy for battling ISIL, but the policy was questioned by many regional officials and political leaders.
On Thursday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham questioned the goal of the so-called international coalition formed to fight the ISIL terrorist group, and lashed out at Washington and its allies for pursuing a double-standard policy towards campaign against terrorism in various countries.
“The so-called international coalition to fight the ISIL group, which came into existence following a NATO summit in Wales and is taking shape, is shrouded in serious ambiguities and there are severe misgivings about its determination to sincerely fight the root causes of terrorism,” Afkham said.
“Some of the countries in the coalition are among financial and military supporters of terrorists in Iraq and Syria and some others have reneged on their international duties in the hope of (seeing) their desired political changes in Iraq and Syria,” she added.
She noted that the double standards adopted by these countries in dealing with extremism have contributed to the spread of terrorism across the world.
Afkham also rejected as baseless any report that Iran and the US are in talks on fighting the Takfiri militants.
“In the negotiations with the US, no issue but the issue of (Iran’s) nuclear energy has been discussed, and the US side has merely talked about its positions regarding the ISIL group,” the Iranian official said.
The ISIL, an offshoot of Al-Qaeda terrorist group, has taken control over large areas in Western and Northwestern parts of Iraq in recent two months.
Iraqi army, populace forces and Kurdish Pishmarga have launched massive operations to liberate captured areas and wipe out terrorism and extremism from Iraq.
Ever since the escalation of the ISIL crisis in the Middle-Eastern country, Iran has voiced its full support for the Iraqi government and nation in their campaign against the foreign-backed terrorism.