MESOP : TEHRAN – JOINTLY FOLLOWED BY PUK, PKK & OBAMA – Iran supports Iraqi national unity: Ali Larijani

TEHRAN ,—  – 11 May 2015 – Iran’s Parliament Speaker said on Sunday that support for Iraqi national unity government as a symbol of unity among all ethnics and tribes, including Kurds, Shia and Sunni Muslims is the sole way to contribute to the Iraqi security. Ali Larijani made the remarks in a meeting with Deputy Secretary General of Iraqi Kurdistan Patriotic Union Barham Salih. Larijani said that Iran and Iraq have excellent, warm and brotherly relations.

Iran’s policy in Iraq is support for territorial integrity, strengthening unity among all Iraqi groups and that Iraq can solve its problems only through unity and consolidation among different groups in the country. He reaffirmed Iran’s pivotal role in providing security and stability in the region and underlined necessity of more consultations between officials of the two countries on bilateral and regional issues. On the same issue Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says Iraq’s stability and security is key to regional security, stressing that the Islamic Republic will proceed with its support for the Iraqi government and nation. “The Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to play its effective, constructive and supportive role [in favor of] the Iraqi government and nation,” Amir-Abdollahian said in a meeting with Barham Salih, the former prime minister of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), in Tehran on Sunday. The Iranian official stressed the importance of making more efforts to improve national unity and cohesion in Iraq through a balanced contribution of all tribal and ethnic groups to the country’s political process.