UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq Nikolay Mladenov and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed the latest developments in the crisis-hit country, and stressed the need for international consensus to root out terrorism.
In the meeting in New York on Saturday, Zarif said enhancement of stability and security in Iraq stood atop the agenda of his recent visit to Iraq.
He went on to say that Iran was seriously defending Iraqi government and people in confrontation with threats of the ISIL terrorist group.
Zarif underlined the vital importance of boosting regional cooperation and consultations to eliminate extremism and terrorism in the Middle-East.
Mladenov, for his part, pointed to complicated situation in Iraq, and underlined that any foreign interference in Iraq can make current situation worse.
He said UN is ready to play an effective role to pave the ground for broadening regional cooperation to overcome current crisis.
On Friday, Zarif voiced suspicion over the so-called coalition formed by the US to fight the ISIL terrorist group.
“We were not convinced that the United States government was serious,” the top Iranian diplomat said in an interview with the PBS News Hour’s chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner.
After the so-called US-led coalition against the ISIL declared its creation, Iran lashed out at the western states for pursuing a double-standard policy towards campaign against terrorism in various countries.
Iran was the first country that warned against the threats posed by the Takfiri terrorists to the region and has taken measures to counter this phenomenon before any country.