Iran’s Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi says the Islamic Republic has never interfered and will never interfere in Iraq’s internal affairs but will lend “spiritual and political” support to the country.
“We have not interfered and will not interfere in Iraq; but, we will give serious political and spiritual support to the Iraqi nation’s move to safeguard its dignity and independence,” Alavi told reporters on Friday.
The dynamic and alert Iraqi nation has always defended its dignity, Alavi said, adding that the people of Iraq are today more united and have more awareness.
“The enemies of the Iraqi nation cannot destroy the unity of the Iraqi government and push Iraq toward disintegration with this turmoil,” Alavi said, referring to the terrorist militancy that has been going on in Iraq for almost three weeks.
The Iranian intelligence minister said, however, that, as a friend of Iraq, Iran cannot be indifferent to the events in the country.
On June 10, Takfiri militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took control of Iraq’s Nineveh provincial capital, Mosul. They later took control of the city of Tikrit, located about 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
Iraqi army and volunteer forces have been engaged in heavy fighting with the militants in different fronts ever since.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has blamed Saudi Arabia and Qatar for the security crisis and growing terrorism in his country.