Jul 22, 2014, 10:42 AM
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Security communalities of Iran-Iraq

Tehran, July 22, IRNA - An English-language daily on Tuesday highlighted the recent visit of the Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani to Iraq aimed to reassure the neighboring Arab country of Iran’s support to help restore security and stability.

'Iran Daily' underlined that Iran is deeply concerned about Iraq's situation as it believes insecurity and instability in the neighboring country can directly affect Iran.

Shamkhani is the first high-ranking official who traveled to Iraq after the recent crisis in that country. The visit grabbed the attention of regional and international media, noted the paper in its Opinion column adding that a review of the strategic applications of this trip and its impacts can help demonstrate Iran’s role to create stability and balance in the region.

The security of Iran and Iraq as two neighbors with political, economic and cultural communalities is undeniably interrelated due to geopolitical grounds. Iranian leadership on countless occasions has highlighted this reality, particularly in the wake of a rash of security crises in Iraq.

Certainly, the most important message of Shamkhani’s trip to Iraq should be viewed from this angle.

Deepening rifts among various political, religious and ethnic groups in Iraq have caused worrisome divergences in the country’s political spectrum and prevented a general consensus among them, the paper noted.

Moreover, measures by the spy agencies of certain Arab and Western countries have created widening security gaps in Iraq and paved the way for Takfiri terrorists to take control of large swathes of land in the Arab country.

Today, Iraq urgently needs to all political, religious and tribal leaders to come together for dialog and decision-making in order to deal with the crisis and find solutions to the establishment of the new government and parliament. The process has always been problematic since the ouster of former dictator Saddam Hussein and the dissolution of the Baath party.

During the trip, Shamkhani held meetings with Iraq’s high-ranking Shia clerics, who enjoy the utmost influence in the country’s social and political developments, as well as the Iraqi prime minister, his national security advisor and other political, religious and tribal leaders. The meetings were unprecedented in terms of quantity and quantity.

Iran, as a powerful neighbor, has always followed up the developments in Iraq and used all its capabilities to help restore peace and stability in the Arab country despite heavy losses it suffered from Iraq’s former regime. The Islamic Republic will certainly stand by the Iraqi nation in the current situation it is grappling with, concluded the paper.

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