Iran worried about bloodshed in Iraq, Mottaki
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, July 2, IRNA
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has said that Iran is worried about humanitarian disaster in Iraq and it is a religious obligation to stop bloodshed in the war-torn country.
Speaking in an interview with the Arab-language news channel, Al-Jazeera, broadcast Sunday evening, the minister said the situation in Iraq is a "painful tragedy."
"The people of Iraq welcomed fall of the country's dictator, Saddam Hussein, four years ago as they thought a cruel regime was overthrown but nobody has ever thought that over four million Iraqis would become homeless and displaced and hundreds of thousands would lose their lives after the fall of Saddam's regime," Mottaki said.
Rejecting the alleged Iran's arming Iraqi militia, Mottaki told the Qatar-based satellite networks, "Tehran is worried about the current bloodshed in Iraq.
"Iran supports Iraq's national unity and its territorial integrity as well as participation of all Iraqis to determine their own destiny," Mottaki stressed.
He noted that Iran suffers more than others from insecurity in Iraq.
Arguing that terrorist and extremists groups were the real cause of the ongoing unrest in Iraq, Mottaki said, "Iran condemns all terrorist acts and conflicts made by any group.
"Tehran has even accepted to talk with its enemies to help restore security of Iraq," he said adding the talks had "good outcome." Mottaki stressed that "collective cooperation of all regional countries" could help restore peace and security to Iraq.
He noted that the US and other foreign forces had to prove their support for Iraq's security in practice.
"The US and foreign forces should prove their support for the legitimate government of Iraq in practice," Mottaki said adding that all parties should support democratic organizations in Iraq.
Asked if Iran was using Iraq as a place to settle scores with other countries, Mottaki said "Iran express its ideas very clearly in its territory and believes that there is no need to settle counts with anyone.
"Nowhere in the Islamic world is a place for settling counts as Iran is seeking peace for the Muslim world and for all mankind as well," Mottaki said.
Commenting on Tehran's alleged support for the Lebanese Hezbollah during Israeli invasion of Lebanon last summer, he said Iran had called for national solidarity to thwart Israeli aggression on Lebanon.
Responding to a question about the current conflict in Palestine, Mottaki said, "Tehran believes that both Hamas and Fatah should come closer to each other based on the realities."
"Iran supports all regional countries and would not intervene in their internal affairs."
He said that if Iran is guilty of inviting these groups to unity and solidarity, then Tehran would definitely accept this fault.
He noted that Tehran would not spare any effort to solve the problem in either Palestine, Iraq or Lebanon.
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