Offer to Help Restore Iraq’s Political Stability

Offer to Help Restore Iraq’s Political Stability

The Foreign Ministry's spokesman said Tehran is ready to facilitate discussions among Iraqi parties to help restore calm to Baghdad.

In a press briefing on Monday, Hossein Jaberi Ansari called on all Iraqi factions to show tolerance and engage in dialogue to settle differences, pointing to the political turmoil in the Arab state.

"We believe that protecting political achievements of the Iraqi nation and respecting the rule of law will ensure stability and continued development and consolidate national unity in Iraq," IRNA quoted Ansari as saying. Iraq has endured months of feuding prompted by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's attempt to replace party-affiliated ministers with technocrats as part of an anti-corruption drive. A divided parliament has failed to approve the proposal amid protests.

In recent days, protesters stormed the parliament building in Baghdad's Green Zone, demanding that lawmakers approve the proposed technocrat ministers.

The spokesman said he hopes the government, nation and political parties of the Arab country will tactfully overcome the problem using the guidance of top religious figures. On Sunday, demonstrators began to leave the Green Zone after protest leaders delivered an ultimatum that called for an overhaul of Iraq's government. Ansari said closer collaboration between Iraqi parties is needed for dealing with the two main challenges facing Baghdad, namely terrorism and corruption.

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