Official: Iran optimistic on stopping ISIL activities in Iraq

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said he is optimistic about stopping activities of the ISIL terrorist group and its frequent failures in Iraq.

“We are optimistic about stopping ISIL in Iraq and its frequent failures by participation of people, leadership and Iraqi government,” he said in a press conference with his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari here in Tehran.

He also said Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish people in Iraq have made sacrifices and could stop ISIL acts in certain areas.

“Iraqi government’s measures are promising a bright future for preventing extremism in Iraq.”

Zarif also reiterated that Iranian government and leadership are standing by Iraqi people, leadership and tribes to help progress, security and stability in the country.

“We have always recognized Iraq as a bridge for peace and security in the region and we are glad that it is playing such a role,” the Iranian chief diplomat said.

The Iraqi minister arrived in Iran on Sunday at the head of a delegation to attend an international conference on the World Against Extremism and Violence (WAVE) in Tehran.

The WAVE conference will be held on December 9 and 10 and will be attended by envoys from 40 countries.

The conference comes against the backdrop of the growing threat of violence and extremism across the Middle East, particularly the atrocities committed by ISIL Takfiri terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

The Takfiri militants have seized swathes of land in Iraq and Syria. They have carried out horrific acts of violence in the two countries, including public decapitations. ISIL has also killed people from Shia, Sunni, Kurd, Christian, and Izadi Kurd communities in Iraq.

Western powers and some of their regional allies – especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey – are reportedly supporting the militants.




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