Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has highlighted Iran’s instrumental role in the fight against terrorism in the Middle East region.
In a meeting with Iran’s Ambassador to Baghdad Hassan Danaeifar on Thursday, the Iraqi premier praised Iran’s support for the Iraqi government in the fight against terrorist groups.
He further lauded the assistance Iran has offered to the Iraqi government and nation at different sensitive junctures.
The Islamic Republic plays a key role in the fight against the ISIL and has stood by the Iraqi nation in the anti-terror campaign, the senior Iraq official underlined.
The Iraqi premier also said that he will work toward further promotion of ties with its eastern neighbor.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has time and again voiced support for both the Iraqi and Syrian governments in their fight against Takfiri militants in the Arab countries. Iran has, however, stressed that it will not interfere militarily in Iraq, but promised to provide aid to the country in the course of its fight against ISIL.
Last month, Iraq’s President Fuad Masum said at the US Council of Foreign Relations that Iran was the first country to provide weapons to Iraq to fight against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists.
Masum also noted that Iran was the first country to provide humanitarian aid for the people of Sinjar, a town in northwestern Iraq which was attacked by the ISIL in early summer.
The ISIL controls large swathes of Syria’s northern territory. The group sent its members into neighboring Iraq in June and seized large parts of land there.
The ISIL terrorists have threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and Izadi Kurds, in Iraq and have been committing heinous crimes in the areas they have taken.