Tehran: The leaders of Iran and Qatar vowed yesterday to cooperate to fight “terrorism in the region”, President Hassan Rowhani’s office reported as Iraqi forces counter a militant onslaught.
The pledge to play a “constructive role to establish security and stability” came in a phone call between the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Rowhani, a statement from the Iranian president’s office said.
Rowhani said that in order to defeat “the hurdle of terrorism and extremism... all Muslims should come hand in hand and cooperate,” it said. Iran is ready, he said, to do just that and “fight security problems and instability in the region” that benefit only “Zionists and the enemies of the Muslim world”.
He did not elaborate. Predominantly Shia Iran has vowed to support ally Baghdad against the Sunni insurgency led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), whose fighters have overrun swathes of five Iraqi provinces since launching an offensive in early June. AFP