Iraqi Factions Should Forge Greater Unity

Iraqi Factions Should Forge Greater UnityIraqi Factions Should Forge Greater Unity

Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani called for greater unity among all Iraqi political parties and groups against terrorism.

He made the statement in a meeting with the head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, Ammar Hakim, in Tehran on Tuesday, IRNA Reported.

Larijani hailed the recent achievements of Iraqi Army and popular forces against the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group, saying all ethnic, religious and political factions should join hands to restore security to the neighboring Arab country. Hakim was optimistic about an outright victory against terrorist elements.

"At present, all major sections of Iraq, namely Shias, Sunnis and Kurds, have reached a common conclusion that to improve security and move toward development, there is no other way but cooperation."

  Institutionalized Democracy

Hakim also held a separate meeting on Monday with Ali Akbar Velayati, a former foreign minister who now advises Iran's Leader on international affairs. In the meeting, Velayati hoped that sustained democracy in Iraq would stimulate the country's development.

"Since democracy has been institutionalized in Iraq and its people can decide their own fate, there are hopes that the pace of progress in the Arab nation would quicken and it would be able to play its role in the Arab world and the Islamic community," Tasnim News Agency quoted Velayati as saying. The Iraqi politician said a major plan has been devised to flush all terrorists out of Iraq after liberating the city of Mosul within the next couple of months.

IS made advances in northern and western Iraq and occupied large parts of it in summer 2014 and since then Iraqis are fighting to retake those areas.