News ID: 279814
Published: 0345 GMT January 23, 2021

Speaker: Iran’s Parliament ready to cooperate with Iraq in fight against terrorism

Speaker: Iran’s Parliament ready to cooperate with Iraq in fight against terrorism

Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf announced Iranian Parliament’s readiness to cooperate with the Iraqi parliament to establish a legal framework for the fight against terrorism.

In a message to his Iraq counterpart Mohamed al-Halbousi, the Iranian speaker condemned a recent terrorist attack in Iraq’s capital on Thursday and stressed Iran's continued cooperation and strong support for the Iraqi government and people in the fight against terrorist groups, according to Mehr News Agency.

"As in the past, the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to cooperate and strongly support Iraq in the fight against terrorism," Qalibaf said.

The Baghdad bombings – the deadliest in nearly three years – killed at least 32 people and wounded 110 others in a crowded marketplace on Thursday.

The first attacker drew a crowd at the bustling market in Tayaran Square by claiming to feel sick, and then detonated his explosives belt. As more people then flocked to the scene to help the victims, a second bomber set off his explosives.

The Daesh terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Iran’s Embassy in Baghdad vehemently condemned the bombings.

On Thursday, the diplomatic mission released a statement, calling the attacks “terrorist atrocities” and condoling with the survivors. The embassy expressed hope that the Iraqi security officials will manage to consign the perpetrators to justice at the earliest opportunity, Press TV wrote.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, for his part, condemned Baghdad’s twin blasts.

Saeed Khatibzadeh expressed sympathy of the Iranian nation and government with the families of victims, while condoling with the Iraqi nation and government over “this huge calamity.”

Khatibzadeh added that the Daesh Takfiri terrorism has been resuscitated in Iraq and is planning to disrupt the country’s peace and stability and provide foreign forces with an excuse to continue their presence in the Arab country.

Daesh began a terror campaign in Iraq in 2014, overrunning vast swathes in lightning attacks.

Iraq declared victory over Daesh in December 2017 after a three-year counterterrorism military campaign, which also had the support of neighboring Iran.

The terror outfit’s remnants, though, keep staging sporadic attacks across Iraq, attempting to regroup and unleash a new era of violence.

Daesh has intensified its terrorist attacks in Iraq since January 2020, when the United States assassinated top Iranian anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMU) deputy commander, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, near Baghdad International Airport.



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