|Iran and Russia say countering terrorists in Iraq is essential||
TEHRAN – In a meeting in Moscow on Tuesday Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Bogdanov discussed tense situation in the Middle East region and insisted on the need to counter ISIL terrorist group in Iraq.
Bogdanov said Moscow and Tehran share common views on the Mideast issues and called for constant consultations with Iran to resolve regional crisis, specifically in Iraq and Syria.
The Russian diplomat said countering terrorism is extremely essential.
Iraqi government forces are fighting with ISIL militants who have captured several areas in northern and western Iraq in an all-out offensive which began over three weeks ago. Iraqi forces have been able to retake some areas through carrying out special operations over the past few days.
Iran has announced that it is ready to provide Iraq with military equipment to help the country deal with the terrorists if Baghdad makes a request for military aid.
The two top diplomats said the expansion of terrorism poses great dangers to the Middle East and can affect international security and stability.
The officials described political solution as the best way to resolve the crisis in Syria and Iraq.
Amir-Abdollahian stated that political solution for crisis in Iraq should be based on the constitution of the country.
Amir-Abdollahian, who is Iranian deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs, said that some regional and extra regional countries are using terrorist groups to undermine security in the region.
These countries should stop taking such actions or face the negative consequences, he added.
Commenting on the developments in Syria, he said that a government should be formed in Syria that pays attention to all parties’ demands.
He went on to say that political process in Syria should be completed after presidential election in the country, adding that all groups and parties should help the Syrian government in campaign against terrorism.
Bashar al-Assad was reelected as the Syrian president in the election which was held in early June.
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