TEHRAN – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that certain countries that are sponsoring terrorists in the region must be held accountable for their actions.
He made the remarks during a telephone conversation with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Sunday, two days after 15 Iranians and 3 Iraqis were killed in a terrorist attack on a pipeline in the northeast of Iraq.
“These terrorist acts are not only targeting the Iraqi people, but also the Muslim world and all those who are providing service to the Iraqi people,” Rouhani said.
Masked gunmen launched the deadly attack on engineers and workers who were working on a gas pipeline in Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad, on Friday. In addition, four Iranian workers and four Iraqi workers were injured, medical and local officials said.
The Iranian president stated that such acts are being carried out to undermine ties between Tehran and Baghdad, and added that the two countries should join forces to counter terrorism.
He also called on Baghdad to take stricter measures to ensure the security of the personnel of Iranian contractors and companies operating in Iraq.
Maliki expressed his condolences to the Iranian people over the deadly attack and said he has ordered an investigation into the matter so the perpetrators can be apprehended and put on trial.
He also vowed to take measures to prevent any recurrence of such incidents in the future.
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