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2022-June-7  18:54

Iranian DM Slams West for Instrumental Use of Terrorism to Justify Deployment in Region

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani said that the western states are using terrorism as an instrument to prolong their military presence in the region, and stressed continued support for Iraq in fighting terrorist groups.

Iran enjoys valuable experience in the fight against terrorism and can help to enhance the security in Iraq, General Ashtiani said in a meeting with Iraqi Interior Minister Othman al-Ghanmi in Tehran on Tuesday.

He added that the social, religious, and historical commonalities have played a decisive role in further deepening and strengthening of relations between Iran and Iraq, noting that Iran supports Iraq's unity and integrity and is ready to helps the strengthening of stability and security in the country.

General Ashtiani also called on the Iranian and Iraqi officials to be more diligent and cohesive in strengthening cooperation.

Noting that terrorism is a tool used by the West to justify its presence in the region, the Iranian minister stressed joint actions of Iraq, Iran, and Syria in the fight against terrorism.

"We believe that the countries of the region and West Asia must manage the security of the region, and it is impossible to achieve stability and peace as long as extra-regional forces are present in the region," General Ashtiani said.

He also appreciated the Iraqi parliament for approving the law of criminalizing relations with the Zionist regime.

Al-Ghanmi, for his part, said, "Iran has always stood by Iraq at various times, and we will never forget its assistance and the efforts of the Iranian forces in the fight against terrorism."

He called for the further expansion of cooperation with Iran, saying that Iran-Iraq cooperation can contribute to the development of different parts of the Republic of Iraq, specially the security and economic sectors of the country.

Iranian and Iraqi border guards officials in a meeting in Erbil late in 2020 underlined the need for increased cooperation in fighting terrorist groups and armed traffickers.

The meeting was held between Commander of Iran’s West Azarbaijan province’s border guards General Yahya Hossein Khani and Commander of Iraqi border guards’ first zone Imad Fazel Hadi.

“The exchange of information on the implementation of border agreements in order to establish more security in the border line and facilitate the implementation of border agreements and protocols should be put on the agenda,” General Khani said.

“The borders of the two countries in the region should be jointly managed and the border guards should firmly confront insecurities that exist due to the presence of terrorists, armed traffickers and those who smuggle cultural items and weapons and ammunition at the border,” he added.