|Tehran says no need for cooperation between Iran and U.S. over Iraq||
TEHRAN – An Iranian Foreign Ministry official says Tehran has had no contacts with Americans about the recent events in Iraq and in fact Iran “feels no need” for cooperation with the United States in this regard.
“So far, we have had no negotiation with the U.S. about the recent events in Iraq and we feel no need for cooperation with America about this issue,” Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs, told reporters on Monday.
He said Iran believes that the Iraqi armed forces can singlehandedly counter ISIL terrorists.
Asked about media reports that Iranian and U.S. diplomat may hold talks about Iraq on the sidelines of a meeting between Iran and the major powers on Tehran’s nuclear program in Vienna, Amir-Abdollahian said, “In the Vienna talks we only talk about nuclear issues.”
Iran has beefed up security in borders with Iraq to prevent a possible entry of ISIL terrorists into the country.
“There is no threat to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s borders, however all necessary predictions have been made,” the veteran diplomat said.
On possible Iran’s help to Iraq against ISIL, the top diplomat said Iran will give any “kind of advice” and help to the Iraqi army in the “fight against terrorists and extremist groups”. “However, he added Iran is not “directly involved because the Iraqi forces and the government of this country are very well able to counter” terrorists.
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