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Larijani: Iran Aims to Help Formation of National Unity Govt in Iraq

TEHRAN, July 27, 2014 (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani renewed Tehrans opposition to the disintegration of Iraq, and said the Islamic Republic seeks formation of a national unity government in the neighboring country.


"Irans goal is the formation of a national unity government with the presence of Kurds, Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq, of course, based on the countrys constitution," Larijani said in an interview with the Iran-based Arabic-language Al-Alam news channel on Sunday. He also underlined the necessity for the non-interference of the foreigners in Iraqi peoples decision-making about their fate.

Larijani said that Iran will support any prime minister in Iraq elected based on the peoples decision and the countrys constitution. In relevant remarks earlier this month, the Iranian foreign ministry condemned the remarks and attempts made to sow discord among the Iraqi people, and underlined that the Iraqi nation would never allow disintegration of their country.

"Iraqs constitution has the capacity to meet the demands of all the countrys people and we have no doubt that every Iraqi national is seeking to protect his/her countrys integrity and the Iraqi people will never accept their countrys disintegration," Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said.

She underscored the Islamic Republic of Irans support for Iraqs unity and integrity, and said, "Undoubtedly, the vigilant Iraqi people wont allow the plots and inexperienced dreams of the Zionist regime and the enemies of Iraq to come true."

President of Iraqs Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani has recently said that he wants to hold a referendum on full independence of his region. His remarks came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu endorsed the de-facto independence of Iraqi Kurds, citing the "collapse" of Iraq amid the foreign-backed terrorist campaign in the country by the al-Qaeda-linked ISIL Takfiri militants.

Netanyahu further urged support for the "Kurdish aspiration for independence". In response, senior Iranian officials warned of the US and Israeli plots to disintegrate Iraq, and cautioned certain actors in the region that speaking about Iraqs separation is equal to playing in enemies court.

"Given the recent position taken by Netanyahu on supporting the Iraqi Kurdistans independence, any steps taken in this regard will implement the Zionist regimes special goals in the region," Chairman of the Iranian parliaments National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said earlier this month.

He said anyone who speaks of Iraqs disintegration, he/she is playing in the enemies court. Boroujerdi underlined that the Islamic Republic of Iran is sensitively and seriously opposed to the disintegration of any Muslim state, adding that maintaining Iraqs territorial integrity is an unavoidable necessity.

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