|U.S. says Iran could help promote an Iraqi inclusive government||
TEHRAN – U.S. Deputy spokesperson Marie Harf said on Thursday that Iran could play a constructive role in helping promote an Iraqi inclusive government.
“Iran could play a constructive role if it did things to promote an inclusive government. I’m not saying they have done those things, but they could,” Harf said at a daily press briefing in Washington.
“Anything that Iran or anyone else should be doing in Iraq should not be sectarian in any nature, and anything that were to be sectarian would be very problematic,” she added.
“So we’re watching right now certainly what the Iranians are doing there …, but we’ve seen the reports and we would not support anything that was sectarian in nature.
“So while we may have a common enemy, we don’t always have the same strategic interests,” Harf said.
She was referring to militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant who have captured several areas in northern and western Iraq over the past weeks, 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 have succeeded in halting the terrorists’ advance and pushing the militants back in some areas.
“We all understand the threat from ISIL, including the Iranians. That doesn’t necessarily mean we have a shared strategic interest,” Harf elaborated.
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