West targeting Iraq unity: Iran Leader

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TEHRAN: Supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei Thursday said the West seeks to undermine the unity of Iraq. 

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

The Western intelligence agencies aim to destroy the pillars of Iraq’s political and national unity, Ayatollah Khamenei pointed out, adding, “One should vigilantly and carefully stand against this plot and divisive attempt and not allow the unity among the Shia and Sunni and Kurd and Arab to be damaged,” the Leader added.

Iranian leader highlighted Iraq’s battle against terrorists in the country, saying the Iraqi nation’s and government’s resistance will also provide security for the regional countries.

He said, “One of the main characteristics of the Iraqi people, which was manifested more than ever before in the fight against terrorists, is the bravery, resolve and power of the popular volunteer and tribal forces in confronting the enemies.”

The Leader hailed the contribution of the popular volunteer forces to the campaign against terrorists in Iraq, stressing that the units can also play “an effective and influential role” in the progress and future of the country beyond the battlefields.

Ayatollah further said that the ill-wishers of the Iraqi nation are against the “emergence of a massive popular force” in the country and urged the Iraqi people and officials to exercise vigilance about the divisive plots of foreigners.

“The Americans on the one hand are seeking to plunder Iraq’s wealth as they do in some other Arab countries in the region and on the other hand impose their demands [on Iraq] as before. However, one should not allow this objective to be realized,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.  

He said Iran will continue to support the Iraqi government and people and back unity among Iraqi revolutionary groups and fighters.

The Iraqi premier, for his part, praised Iran’s backing for his country in the fight against terrorism and said Tehran’s unwavering support and its friendly cooperation with Baghdad are indicative of the depth of the relations between the two nations. 

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