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Syria, Iraq can solve crisis on own: Iran diplomat

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An Iranian Foreign Ministry official says conflict-stricken Syria and Iraq are able to resolve their own crises without any foreign interference as Takfiri ISIL militants continue to wreak havoc on both countries.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the wise and courageous nations of Syria and Iraq, along with their elected governments, are well capable of resolving [their own] problems,” Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary and Iranian Expatriates’ Affairs Hassan Qashqavi said on Monday.

The Iranian official made the remarks in a meeting with visiting senior Danish diplomat, Ole Egberg Mikkelsen.

Qashqavi expressed regret that the two Middle Eastern countries have been the scene of violence by terrorist groups, who seek to spread tribalism in these countries, adding that Iran has been warning against the escalation of religious and ethnic conflicts in Syria and Iraq over the past three years.

He further referred to the formation of the US-led coalition against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists and said any effort to counter terrorism will lead nowhere without identifying the root causes of the ominous phenomenon.

On September 12, US President Barack Obama said that the United States is assembling an international coalition with the goal to “snuff out” the ISIL terrorist group, adding that such extremist groups have “no place in the 21st century.”

The ISIL terrorists control large parts of Syria’s east and north. ISIL also sent its Takfiri militants into Iraq in June, seizing large swathes of land straddling the border between Syria and Iraq.

The Takfiri terrorist groups have committed heinous crimes and threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and Izadi Kurds, during their advances.

Qashqavi further expressed Tehran’s readiness to enhance bilateral cooperation with Copenhagen in the fight against extremism and terrorism, organized crimes as well as drugs and human trafficking.

The Danish official, for his part, called for the continuation of consultations on consular issues as well as further expansion of bilateral ties between the two countries.

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