Regional Anti-terror Cooperation Welcome

Regional Anti-terror Cooperation Welcome
Regional Anti-terror Cooperation Welcome

The deputy foreign minister has said Iran welcomes cooperation with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Egypt to fight against terrorism and extremism.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said, "We welcome any bilateral and regional cooperation with Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Islamic countries to effectively combat terrorism and extremism," the Mehr news agency reported on Friday.

He touched on the recent visit of the Iraqi prime minister to Iran in which he was accompanied by Kurdish, Sunni and Shiite cabinet members and said, "(Haider) al-Abadi has managed to form a national cabinet."

The official said, "Abadi's visit conveyed the message of boosting bilateral and regional cooperation to bring peace, stability, and security to the region and fight against terrorism."

Amir-Abdollahian added that Abadi presented positive offers for cooperation between Iraq and the Arab and Islamic courtiers.  

The deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs continued, "The new Iraqi administration has provided an appropriate opportunity to promote good neighborly relations and bilateral and regional cooperation (with other states)."

He highlighted Iraq's key role in the Muslim world and among Arab countries and said, "With respect to the current situation in the region, all the countries are expected to take action to help eradicate terrorism and extremism and secure all-out development and sustainable security in the region."

Amir-Abdollahian reiterated, "Iran strongly supports Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and other regional states to (help them) combat extremism and terrorism which has currently afflicted the Sunni, Shiite, and Christian people."

"We call on all the regional players to understand the situation and play a constructive part in this critical conditions in the region," the senior diplomat concluded.