Iranian FM meets his Iraqi counterpart in Iraq

Javad Zarif visited Iraq to hold talks with top officials.

Iranian FM meets his Iraqi counterpart in Iraq


World Bulletin / News Desk

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Iraq to hold official talks with the country’s top officials on Tuesday.

"We are conducting a defensive war against Daesh (Arabic acronym for ISIL). In this issue, we want support from all countries," Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said in a press conference with his Iranian counterpart in Baghdad.

Iraq has a clear stance to respect all countries' sovereignty and not to interfere in their internal affairs, Jaafari said in response to a question about Turkey's Shah Firat operation.

"Turkey is a country that has suffered seriously because of terrorism," he added.

Javad Zarif also said Iran respects the sovereignty of countries, referring to the Shah Firat operation.

"According to us, the respect of countries' sovereignty and territorial integrity is a basic principle of international relations. To break this rule leads to a lack of confidence," Zarif said.

Turkey made a two-pronged operation late Saturday and brought the remains of Shah and sacred relics from the original exclave in Syria, some 37 kilometers away from the border, to Turkey. 

Suleyman Shah was the grandfather of Osman I, the founder of the Ottoman Empire. About 40 Turkish soldiers were guarding the tomb and the territory in Syria. 

Now, another area in Syria, Ashme, close to the border with Turkey, will act as Shah’s temporary burial place.

He also underlined that Iran sees Iraq's security, stability and development as the same as Iran's own security and development.

"Iran will continue to help Iraq's people and government in their fight against terrorism," he said.

Meanwhile, at least 20 people were killed and 30 others wounded in airstrikes in Al-Karmah city, located at Iraq's Anbar province, according to hospital sources.

No information was given about who organized the attack.

In another attack, five Sahwa forces were killed by Daesh on al-Yabani bridge of Ramadi, according to the official from Sahwa Forces.

The Sahwa Forces were established by Sunni Arab tribes in Al-Anbar, Salahaddin, Babel, Mosul, Diyala and Baghdad in order to fight Al-Qaeda in 2006.

In a separate accident, at least 18 people were killed and 50 others wounded when a bomb-laden vehicle exploded and suicide attacker blew up himself in the southeastern of Baghdad, according to Iraqi Interior Ministry sources.

Iraq has been gripped by a security vacuum since June 2014 when Daesh militants stormed the northern province of Mosul and declared a self-styled caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Şubat 2015, 22:17