Mosul Liberation Beginning of Stability, Peace, National Unity in Iraq: Shamkhani

Sun Aug 21, 2016 15:19:31

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) hails the efforts of Iraqi senior officials in establishing political stability in the country, saying Tehran will always stand by Baghdad.

Ali Shamkhani in a meeting with Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri in Tehran, on Sunday discussed a range of issues in their meeting this morning, particularly ways to counter the threat of terrorism in Iraq.

Shamkhani in his meeting pointed out to the need for political stability in Iraq and the need for active involvement of different parties, particularly the Iraqi Parliament Speaker in this process and said, with the effort of Iraqi army, popular committees, and the support of different religious, political and ethnic groups, the elimination process of terrorism as a first priority of Iraq's security is under progress and near to complete.

He stressed that Iran will stand by the Iraqi government and nation under any circumstances and hoped Mosul rescue operation to start with the unity and the participation of all Iraqi groups, especially indigenous forces in Nineveh province.

Shamkhani added, the Iraqi government and nation have been successful in the battle against ISIS and terrorism so far and expressed confidence that the liberation of Mosul will be the beginning of stability, peace, national and territorial unity in Iraq.

The Iranian official noted, a united Iraq is a place with different tribes and ethnic groups, and defeating ISIS will strength the national unity between Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds.

Shamkhani said, the facts show that ISIS action is in contrast with its slogans and claims, and they impacted Sunni people economically, socially and even politically more than other ethnics in Iraq.

He said, presence and active participation of moderate Sunnis in political and administrative structure of Iraq is an unavoidable obligation and added, a commitment to democracy to all groups on the basis of democratic entitlement is a way to unity and stability in the country.

Jabouri, for his part, praised Iran’s support for the Iraqi nation in its fight against terrorists adding that Iran plays a key role in establishing security and stability in the region and said, terrorism is the most important threat to all countries of the region, and we need sympathy and solidarity to defeat the terrorists and restore peace to Iraq and the region.

Jabouri arrived in Tehran on Saturday to hold talks with senior Iranian officials on the latest developments in Iraq and other countries in the Middle East.


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