Iraq urges global action against Islamic State, Iran vows solidarity
Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 01:37
Iran's Foreign Minister met with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad, vowing solidarity over the need to eliminate Islamic State militants. Mana Rabiee reports.
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Iran's Foreign Minister arrives in Baghdad.
Javad Zarif is in neighboring Iraq to discuss the security crisis there and efforts to eliminate the Islamic State.
The Sunni militants are taking whole swaths of the northern parts of the country under their control, and consider Shi'ites -- the majority in Iran -- infidels who deserve to be killed.
Zarif met with outgoing Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the incoming Premiere, Haider al-Abadi, who said a regional and international effort is needed to destroy the Islamic State.
Zarif reaffirmed Tehran's support for Iraq's territorial unity and its fight against the militants.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, MOHAMMAD JAVAD ZARIF, SAYING:
"We are co-operating and working with various … with the Iraqi government and the Kurdish government in order to repel this very serious, atrocious group that is threatening not only Iraqi Kurds and Shia and Sunni, but also the entire Iraqi society and the entire region, and in fact the international community as a whole, and we believe it requires a concerted effort by the international community in order to deal with this group whose character is now very clear to everybody."
Shi'ite Iran is a regional power with deep influence in Iraq.
It will likely wield that influence on the formation of Abadi's new cabinet as he tries to tackle the Islamic State and end the country's ongoing sectarian violence.
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