Iran rejects Turkey's Syria plan, US Iraq plan

TEHRAN, Aug. 14 (MNA) – In two interviews, Iran’s Deputy FM Amir-Abdollahian commented on Turkey’s no-fly zone plan and the United States’ plan for Iraq.

"We consider the establishment of a no-fly zone inside Syria a violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of this country," Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Thursday. The Iranian official made the remarks while answering the questions of IRNA in regard to Turkey.

Amir-Abdollahian also underlined that maintaining Turkey's security is Iran's serious concern but he also stressed that Syria’s and neighbor’s security would be guaranteed when number of players in the scene take hands off from instrumental use of terrorism and a serious intention to fight against extremism exists.

In another interview, the Iranian official reacted to what the US Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno, who once served as the top US commander in Iraq, said on Wednesday that partitioning Iraq “is something that could happen” and "might be the only solution.”

“The US interventions and wrong policies in the region and Iraq are the culprits in the emergence of serious problems in this country,” said Amir-Abdollahian on Friday, stressing that Iraq’s disintegration would further escalate the crisis in the Arab country. 

Describing the American general’s remarks as 'provocative' and against peace in the Arab neighbor, Amir-Abdollahian once again reaffirmed the Islamic Republic’s support for “Iraq’s national unity and territorial integrity.”

The remarks came as a controversial US Congress bill, the draft of which was released in April, proposes division of Iraq into three states and allows the Kurdish forces and the Sunni tribesmen to be armed directly without Baghdad’s approval.

The bill stipulates that 25 to 60 percent of the USD 715-million aid money allegedly allocated to Iraq in its war against ISIL will be directly supplied to Sunni and Kurdish forces.

Iraqi politicians, including members of the parliament, as well as religious leaders have voiced their opposition to the bill.

 

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