TEHRAN – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that the Iranian people will make every effort to protect the holy shrines of Iraq and to “put terrorists back in their place.”
He made the remarks at a gathering of people in Khorramabad, Lorestan Province on Wednesday.
Iran announces to terrorists, superpowers and their allies that the Iranian people will do anything to protect beloved Karbala, beloved Najaf, beloved Kadhimiyah, and beloved Samarra and to “put them back in their place,” he stated.
Militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant captured several areas of the north of the country over the past week, and are threatening to dismember Iraq and unleash all-out sectarian warfare with no regard for national borders.
The ISIL militants have vowed to continue their military offensive until they reach Baghdad, but Iraqi forces and around 1.5 million volunteers succeeded in halting the terrorists’ advance and pushing the militants back.
Rouhani stated that the self-sacrificing soldiers of Iraq’s Shia Arab, Sunni Arab, and Kurdish communities are ready to lay down their lives in the war against the terrorists, and the terrorists can do nothing against the Iraqi people’s strong will.
‘Government determined to get sanctions lifted’
The Iranian president also said that his administration has taken the initial steps to get the sanctions imposed on the country lifted and to uphold the people’s rights.
And the final steps will be taken, he added.
Iran and the 5+1 group -- the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China, and Germany -- started a new round of nuclear talks in Vienna on Monday.
The talks are being held to build on an interim deal struck in November, according to which Tehran agreed not to expand its nuclear program for six months in exchange for limited sanctions relief. The agreement came into force on January 20. It set a July 20 deadline to clinch a long-term deal that would lead to a gradual lifting of all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran. But the agreement also included a provision stating that the deadline could be extended by six months if a deal cannot be reached by July 20.
Commenting on the government’s actions in the area of foreign policy, Rouhani said that his administration is on the path of constructive interaction with other countries, and especially neighboring countries, and has taken steps within the framework of Iran’s national interests.