A senior Iranian diplomat has expressed Tehran’s unwavering support for Iraq in its fight against terrorism, describing the appointment of new Iraqi premier as a step towards the completion of the political process in the Arab country.
“Iran continues to support Iraq in confronting terrorism and the Takfiri current, to help the country achieve sustainable security, prosperity and development,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, said on Wednesday.
He also welcomed the appointment of Iraq’s deputy parliament speaker, Haider al-Abadi, as the country’s new prime minister, expressing hope that he would propose his cabinet to the Iraqi parliament as soon as possible.
On Monday, Iraq’s new President Fouad Massoum appointed Abadi as the country’s new premier and tasked him with forming the next government within 30 days and presenting it to the parliament for approval. Abadi was nominated for the post by the Iraqi National Alliance, a coalition of Shia parties.
Referring to the United States’ recent militarily intervention in Iraq, the Iranian official further noted that the limited strikes against the ISIL terrorists’ positions in northern Iraq show that “the White House has a selective and propagandist approach” in the fight against terrorism.
Last week, US President Barack Obama authorized the use of airstrikes to prevent the advance of ISIL Takfiri militants in Iraq’s northern Kurdish areas and to protect American personnel and interests inside the country. The decision came after Washington’s inaction regarding the recent massacres in Iraq and Syria.
The ISIL has taken several towns since it intensified its attacks in Iraq in mid-June. The Iraqi army is engaged in fierce fighting with the militants to push them out of the captured areas.