|Iran calls for global unity to combat terrorism||
TEHRAN – Ali Shamkhani, Iran’s Supreme National Security Council secretary, called on Monday for a global unity in the fight against terrorism.
Shamkhani made the remarks during a meeting in Tehran with Ammar Hakim, the chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq.
While officials in some major countries claim that they are in fight against terrorism, there seems to be no serious campaign combat against terrorism and its destructive consequences, Shamkhani, a former defense minister, noted.
In addition, he strongly condemned the recent terrorist attacks against pilgrims in Iraq which claimed the lives of dozens of people and injured many others.
At least 75 people were killed on Saturday in two suicide bombings, one of which targeted Shia pilgrims on their way to visit a shrine in Baghdad.
Also on Sunday, 29 people were killed when a suicide bomber targeted children at a primary school, killing 14 students and their headmaster and another bomber attacked a group of Shia pilgrims.
Shamkhani further said that Tehran is ready to increase its cooperation with Baghdad in economic and cultural areas.
Hakim, for his part, expressed hope that the two neighboring countries would expand their relations during the presidency of Hassan Rouhani.
He also hailed Iran’s new tone in its nuclear dispute with the West and said holding constructive negotiations and taking confidence-building measures to reduce tension between Iran and the West can help improve regional peace and security.
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