Iran, China call for int'l campaign against terrorism

Iran and China say terrorist moves in Iraq would be dangerous for the whole region and the world, urging a concerted international effort to counter terrorism.

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and China’s Middle East envoy Wu Sike held a meeting in Tehran On Sunday and discussed the latest developments in the region, particularly the situation in Iraq.

Amir-Abdollahian outlined Iran’s principled policies regarding regional developments and termed the Iraq crisis a “conspiracy”.

The Iranian official called on all countries to honor their commitments regarding war on terror as well as to support the Iraqi nation and government in that respect.

He underlined the necessity for the Iraqi government to complete the country’s political process through parliamentary elections while dealing with the ISIL Takfiri militants.

Amir-Abdollahian also said that Tehran and Beijing have common ground regarding the crises in Iraq and Syria.

Wu, for his part, presented a report on his recent visits to the Mideast countries, describing regional developments as deep and sensitive.

He warned that the crises in the region could jeopardize peace and security in the world.

The Chinese official expressed his country’s backing for Iraq’s government in combating terrorism, expressing hope that the Iraqi political factions would soon complete the political process in the country.

He further voiced Beijing’s strong opposition to any foreign interference in Iraq’s internal affairs.

Iraq is currently witnessing a wave of violence, which escalated after militants from the ISIL terrorist group took control of large swathes of the country, including key cities last month.

The ISIL has vowed to continue its advance on Baghdad. Soldiers of the Iraqi army have been engaged in heavy fighting with the militants on different fronts and have so far been able to push back militants in several areas.

The ISIL militancy is not limited to Iraq as the al-Qaeda-inspired group is also operating in neighboring Syria at the same time.