Iran has reiterated its full support for the Iraqi government and nation in the face of threats posed by terrorist groups.
According to a joint press statement by Iranian First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, released at the end of the latter’s visit to Tehran, “The Islamic Republic of Iran once again insisted on its full support for Iraq’s government and nation in the fight against terrorist groups.”
Abadi travelled to Iran at the head of a high-ranking Iraqi delegation and met with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and other senior officials.
During the meetings, the statement read, “The two sides insisted on the strategic aspects of bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries, which stand on mutual respect and common interests between the two countries, expressing content regarding the ever-increasing growth of the bilateral relations and asserting their inclination to increase these relations at all levels, namely political, economic, security, and business relations.”
During Abadi’s visit to Iran, meetings were also held at the ministerial level between Iranians and Iraqis.
According to the statement, the two sides laid emphasis on the importance of stability in the Middle East region and considered the threat of terrorism a menace to international security. They stressed that the international political efforts toward confronting this growing threat should be concerted.
Iraq has been plagued by violence committed by Takfiri ISIL militants, who made swift advances in much of northern and western Iraq over the summer, after capturing large swaths of northern Syria.
The Iraqi premier has praised Iran’s support for the Iraqi government in the fight against terrorist groups and lauded the assistance Iran has offered to the Iraqi government and nation at different sensitive junctures.
He has noted that the Islamic Republic plays a key role in the fight against the Takfiri ISIL group and has stood by the Iraqi nation in the anti-terror campaign.