|Iran says no dialogue with Saudi Arabia on Iraq||
TEHRAN - Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has said that Iran has held no dialogue with Saudi Arabian officials about the recent developments in Iraq.
Amir-Abdollahian, who is the Iranian deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs, made the remarks in an interview with the Al-Alam news network aired on Sunday.
Iran has sent no representative to Saudi Arabia to hold talks with officials of the country about the status of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri-al-Maliki or his possible successors, Amir-Abdollahian added.
He went on to say that the issue of replacing the Iraqi prime minister is an Iraqi internal affair.
However, he said Iran welcomes talks with Saudi Arabia to help end clashes in Iraq and put an end to extremism in the region as a whole.
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.
Iran has given advices on fight against terrorists
Elsewhere in his remarks, Amir-Abdollahian stated that Iran has given the necessary advices to Iraqi officials in their war against terrorism.
He went on to say that any kind of Iranian help to Iraq should first be made by officials in Baghdad, adding that any help will be within the framework of international law and bilateral conventional agreements.
‘Iran has no military advisor in Iraq’
The diplomat also said Iran has not military advisors in Iraq, but will give necessary consultations to related Iraqi officials.
He also dismissed claims by some media outlets that Qods forces commander Qassem Soleimani is in Iraq to give military advices to Iraqis, saying such claims are intended to send this wrong message that Iraq does not have the ability to resolve the crisis itself.
‘U.S. takes no action in war against terrorists in Iraq’
The Foreign Ministry official also said the U.S. has taken no practical action in fight against ISIL terrorists in Iraq. Instead, he said, the U.S. has only raised criticism against the Iraqi government.
He reiterated the previously held position by Iran that Tehran will not cooperate with the U.S. in countering the terrorists in Iraq.
Commenting on possible division of Iraq, he said Iran opposes any disintegration of Iraq.
The idea to break up Iraq is a plot engineered by the Zionist regime of Israel, he added.
On Thursday, Massoud Barzani, the president of the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government, called for a referendum on separation of the region from Iraq.
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