Jan 22, 2024, 12:45 PM
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FM Spox: Iran main supporter of stability in Iraq

Jan 22, 2024, 12:45 PM
News ID: 85361877
FM Spox: Iran main supporter of stability in Iraq

Tehran, IRNA – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani has said that Iran is the biggest supporter of the national sovereignty, stability, security, and territorial integrity of Iraq.

Addressing the press conference on Monday, Kanaani said that Iran's commitment to the national and territorial sovereignty of Iraq has been proven.

Iran has proven its honesty to the nation and government of Iraq for many years, he added, noting that Tehran and Baghdad enjoy strong and have all-out relations.

Iran's attack on Israel's espionage center in Erbil was aimed at fighting the aggressors of Iran's national security and was not against Iraq, or its security and sovereignty, he stated.

Iran has repeatedly warned the Iraqi authorities and stressed Iran's national security is a red line, Kanaani said.

He went on to say that some extremist groups' gathering in the Iraqi Kurdistan region to act against Iran's national security is unacceptable.

Details of Iran’s preemptive attack on terrorist group

Kanaani also pointed to Iran’s recent military attack on a terrorist group’s hideout in Pakistan, saying that the recent strike on the headquarters of the so-called Jaish al-Adl in Koh-e Sabz in Pakistan's Balochistan province was an urgent need to confront terrorists who were planning to make attacks inside Iran. He further argued that the terrorists were only about half an hour away from the Iranian borderline and were getting ready to kick off their attacks on Iran’s military posts and even civilians.

Confronting terrorist groups and preserving security on both sides of joint borders are among the joint missions of Iran and Pakistan, he underscored, adding that the two nations enjoy a firm relationship and that the attack on the terrorist group, which has a long-run history of carrying out terrorist operations, proves the fact that the Islamic Republic attaches importance to its national security.

The spokesman also said that the Iran-Pakistan relationship is brotherly and strong and that the two sides give significance to the mutual amicable ties.

According to the diplomat, terrorism is a threat to both countries, so Tehran and Islamabad stress the need to fight the phenomenon and the recent military act cannot negatively affect bilateral relations.

Iran and Pakistan will not allow third parties to interfere in their mutual interactions or try to create misunderstanding, he mentioned.

Talks on lifting sanctions to be continued

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Ali Bagheri and Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service Enrique Mora held talks in Geneva in a bid to exchange views on removing the sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic, said Kanaani.

The negotiations are to be continued in this regard, he further noted.

Regarding the relations between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the official said that the two sides will continue the talks.

Kanaani also added that the two sides could pay visits whenever necessary to this end.

Zionist regime's threats against Iran

As to the threatening remarks of certain Zionist officials against Iran, he said that the baseless threats and statements demonstrate the aggressive nature of the Zionist regime.

The measures indicate the level of threat it poses to regional and international security, he underlined.

The regime keeps seeking to create instability and insecurity at both regional and global levels, he underscored.

Kanaani termed the remarks as hollow, noting, “We will certainly not leave any action against Iran unanswered".

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) should pay attention to the statements of the Zionist regime, he said, calling on the UNSC to take the necessary legal measures against the threats.

NATO's recent military drill

We do not consider such military actions and maneuvers and efforts to expand NATO's presence in the region as contributing to peace, stability, and security in the region, Kanaani said.

Not only have NATO's activities not brought any peace and stability to the region, but they have also fueled insecurity and war, he added.

Iran-Egypt ties

He did not comment on the Iranian foreign minister's trip to Egypt.

He also hailed relations between Iran and Egypt, saying that based on the orders of the two presidents, and face-to-face and telephone conversations, a road map has been defined for the continuation of negotiations between the two countries and the resolution of disputes.

The issue of Palestine has been discussed by the officials of the two countries, he said adding that the humanitarian institutions, including the Iranian Red Crescent, have a relationship with Egypt.

Reports on Saudi Arabia mediating between Iran and the US

As to media reports on conveying messages between Iran and the US by Saudi Arabia, Kanaani noted that he cannot confirm Riyadh’s role in this respect; however, he said that American officials usually find ways to send their messages to Tehran. Iran and Saudi Arabia enjoy a good and growing relationship and are making serious efforts to expand collaborations, he added.

Alleged death of Dutch national in Iran's attack

On the issue of summoning Iran’s ambassador by the Netherlands’ Foreign Ministry, he said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic has not received any verified information in respect of the death of a Dutch national as a result of Iran’s attack on a terrorist hideout in Iraq’s Erbil city.

Asked about a claim regarding the arrest of an Iranian national by the Kurdish forces in northern Iraq, he said that he does not have any information about this matter.

Iran's support for South Africa's lawsuit against Zionist regime

Answering IRNA correspondent, Kanaani said that the Islamic Republic backs the good, responsible, brave, and noble move by South Africa, who filed a lawsuit against the Israeli regime at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), adding that Iran announced its political support for the African country’s stance.

According to the spokesman, Iran has underlined the need for resorting to international conventions since October 7, 2023, and called upon different states to utilize the opportunity as well as the capacities of the ICJ to this goal.

Iranians martyred in Syria

When asked about the Zionist regime’s attacks against some Iranian advisories in Syria, he said that the martyrs were serving in the Arab country at the request of the Syrian government.
They had taken a considerable number of measures to fight against terrorism, he added.

Iran's stance of Palestinian cause

What the Zionist regime is pursuing is finding a way out of the self-created quagmire of the Gaza war. The regime keeps creating tension, conflicts, and war in the region, he said, adding that Iran will not play a role in a plot devised by the Zionist regime.

Iran will not be tight-handed to respond to the measures of the Zionist regime against Iran's goals, he said.

Regarding the stance of the Islamic Republic on the Palestinian cause, Kanaani said that Iran’s stance on the crisis in Palestine is clear.

He went on to say that Tehran has repeatedly announced that the ongoing crisis in Palestine is the result of the occupation of land by an occupier regime. The main owners of Palestine should be given the right to self-determination, with the result being determined through democracy and referendum.

He also said that those countries that advocate a two-state solution to the issue of Palestine should recognize that the Zionist regime, as one side of this crisis, is opposed to the initiative.

Those who propose the so-called peace initiative should realize that the right of one side is practically ignored in favor of the other, Kanaani said. This solution will not bear fruits, he further noted. 

NAM summit in Uganda

About the 19th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) held in Kampala, Uganda, on January 15-20, Kanaani said that participation in the multilateral mechanism has always been one of the methods used by Iran to take advantage of the potential of the international arena.

“We used the potential of the international organizations, particularly the NAM, to advance the Iranian interest in various areas,” he pointed out.


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