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Senior Legislator Warns of US, Israeli Plot to Disintegrate Iraq

TEHRAN, Jul 01, 2014 (FNA)- A senior Iranian lawmaker 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.

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".

"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 on Tuesday. 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. In relevant remarks today, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian expressed concern about the situation in Iraq, and said that the US is trying to create a chaotic atmosphere in the Arab country similar to what it did in Ukraine.

"The events in Iraq are following a plan by the United States to turn the country into a second Ukraine," Reuters quoted Amir Abdollahian as saying in Moscow.

The Iranian deputy foreign minister pointed to Iraqs incidents, and said, "What is going on in Iraq is a psychological and media war by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to make the country insecure."

Amir Abdollahian noted that Iran is ready to help Iraq if requested by the country, and said, "Iraq has not asked for Irans help, but Tehran is ready to dispatch weapons to Iraq within the framework of fighting terrorism." He reiterated that if the Iraqi ministry to fight terrorism calls for foreign aid Iran will provide such supports in accordance with the international laws.

Also last week, Hamid Aboutalebi, the Iranian Presidents Deputy Chief of Staff compared Iraqs present conditions with Ukraines conditions before the separation of Crimea, and said, "I caution the Iraqi statesmen to take lesson from Ukraines recent political developments."

He further noted that if the Iraqi people and leaders do not show sufficient wisdom and do not take warnings as serious, Iraq will face a similar fate like Ukraine.


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