Iraqi envoy: Iran helping to uproot terrorism in region

مصاحبه تسنیم با سفیر عراق در ایران

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iraqi Ambassador to Tehran Rajeh Saber Abboud al-Mousavi praised Iran’s all-out efforts to uproot terrorism in the region, saying that the United Nations should be grateful to Tehran.

Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency, the Iraqi diplomat rejected recent allegations leveled against Tehran about interference in Yemen, saying that the Islamic Republic has called for an end to the Yemeni war.

“This is an international issue and I have always said to the UN’s special envoy (to Yemen) that they should thank Iran because it has been making efforts to save the region from terrorism,” Mousavi said.

He further emphasized that Iran has played a “historic role” in supporting Iraq and fighting against terrorism.

The Iraqi diplomat went on to say that those who back terrorists accuse Iran of meddling in the internal affairs of regional countries because Tehran has prevented them from carrying out their plots.

Iraq has been facing the growing threat of terrorism, mainly posed by the Daesh (known as ISIL or ISIS) terrorist group.

Daesh militants made swift advances in much of northern and western Iraq over the summer of 2014, after capturing large swaths of northern Syria.

However, a combination of concentrated attacks by the Iraqi military and the volunteer forces, who rushed to take arms after top Iraqi cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani issued a fatwa calling for fight against the militants, have blunted the edge of Daesh offensive.

Amid tensions in Iraq, Iran is known as the first country to help the Arab country and has always voiced support for Iraq’s solidarity and prosperity.