Solidarity Key to Promoting Iraq Stability

Solidarity Key to Promoting Iraq StabilitySolidarity Key to Promoting Iraq Stability

A senior official said fostering a sense of unity and solidarity among Iraqi factions is key to overcoming challenges threatening the stability and security of the neighboring Arab country.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, a foreign policy advisor to Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, made the statement in a meeting with Iraqi Ambassador Rajeh al-Mousavi in Tehran on Wednesday, IRNA reported.

Amir-Abdollahian said the US interventionist policies and the destructive role played by the Israeli regime have prepared the ground for the spread of terrorist groups in West Asia, a major victim of which is the Iraqi nation, stressing the need for closer cooperation among Muslim states to address the underlying causes of regional insecurities.

The advisor said Iran will continue to support the Iraqi Army and popular forces in their fight against the self-styled Islamic State militant group.

Mousavi said Iraq and Iran have similar views on how to deal with problems in the region and among Muslim states, calling for closer cooperation between the two countries, in line with the interests of the two nations and the Muslim world.

"Iraq's security and Iran's security are intertwined. The two countries should use all their capacities to promote peace and security in the region," he said.

In a separate meeting on Wednesday, Amir-Abdollahian met Syrian Ambassador to Iran Adnan Mahmoud.

In the meeting, the Iranian advisor said Tehran will continue its support for intra-Syrian negotiations for reaching a solution to the five-year conflict in Syria, but believes that no political solution will be effective unless terrorists are stopped.

Mahmoud said Iran is a "pioneer" in combating terrorism and praised the country for providing Syria with solid support against foreign-backed efforts to topple the Syrian government.