Iran urges intl. community to support Iraq's unity, territorial integrity

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TEHRAN, Aug. 08 (MNA) – Parliament's General Director for International Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has said the international community should support the Iraqi government and people, as well as its territorial integrity.

Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a meeting with Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq Ján Kubiš, who traveled to Iran on Saturday to attend the inauguration ceremony of President Rouhani.

Amir-Abdollahian hailed the decisive role of religious authorities, Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the government, the people, the parliament, the armed forces and Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) in cleaning Iraq from Takfiri terrorists, adding “the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue its comprehensive supports for Iraq to restore the country’s security and stability in the region.”

He noted that Iraq’s national unity is a top priority in the current situation and pre-parliamentary issues, such as the referendum proposal in Kurdistan and foreign interventions, should not be a hindrance to the full deployment of a stable, post-ISIL Iraq in the region.

In order to help Iraq restore its important and natural place in the region and play an active role in resolving the regional crises, the United Nations needs to take clear and more solid positions regarding the necessity of a unified Iraq strategy.

Ján Kubiš, for his part, expressed his satisfaction with holding a common position with the Islamic Republic of Iran in contributing to the stability and security in Iraq after ISIL, saying "we want the assistance of the federal democratic government of Iraq, in which, according to our joint opinion with Iran, all ethnicities, including Kurds, Shias, Sunnis and Turkmens live together in security and peace.”

"We must recognize the differences and disagreements and prevent their occurrence, since these kinds of disputes have the potential to become a serious disagreement and a crisis,” he noted, adding since 2003, and during the transfer of power, there have always been controversial issues between various Iraqi groups, and we should acknowledge Mr. al-Abadi is currently in a position to help solve problems.

He underlined that the current situation in Iraq is such that international organizations, including the United Nations, must take the necessary steps in cooperation with the Iraqi government to strengthen national reconciliation under the Constitution of Iraq.

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