Iran Welcomes Talks between Erbil, Baghdad

Iran Welcomes Talks between Erbil, Baghdad

Spokesman for Iranian Foreign Ministry, Bahram Ghasemi reiterated on Tuesday (August 15) his country’s support for Iraq’s unity, saying Tehran welcomes recent dialogues held between Baghdad and Erbil to resolve internal pending issues.

Ghasemi was cited by Iran's semi-official MEHR news agency as praising the “valuable achievements” by Iraqi army in the fight against Islamic State (ISIS), saying achievements have been gained through sympathy and unity.

"Now they [Iraq] will be able to take important steps on the path to the stability and security needed for the construction and development of Iraq, with the spirit of mutual understanding and brotherhood, as well as constructive dialogue," Ghasemi was quoted by MEHR news agency.

Earlier on Monday, Ghasemi expressed Tehran’s support for Iraq’s territorial integrity during a visit to Ankara.

"The Kurdistan region is part of the Iraqi republic and unilateral decisions outside the national and legal framework, especially the Iraqi constitution … can only lead to new problems," he said as quoted by Daily Sabah.

The Kurdistan Region declared on June 7 a plan to hold the referendum on the region’s independence this year on September 25.

The decision has concerned Iraq, the United States, Britain, Russia and Germany, Turkey and Iran.

A Kurdish delegation from the High Referendum Board met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi after the delegation arrived in Baghdad on Monday (August 14).

Abadi’s office released a statement on Tuesday (August 15) saying the Iraqi Premier and a Kurdish political delegation discussed suspended issues between the Kurdistan Region and Iraq, the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) and cooperation to defeat terror.

Abadi and the delegation also spoke on frank and deep dialogue to resolve the outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad.