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Iran backs security, progress of Iraq: Spox

Tehran, Iran's foreign ministry has described White House statement on recent unrest in Iraqi city of Basra as 'striking, irresponsible, illegitimate and provocative', emphasizing that Tehran prefers to see Iraq as a secure and developed country.

The US policies are the main cause of instability, unrest, tension and division in the region as its policies in Iraq have brought nothing but insecurity and instability, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Wednesday.

'The recent unrest in Iraq, including attack on Iran's consulate general in Basra, are the results of the same policies, as well as overt and covert unwise support for the groups that are promoting violence and extremism to make the phenomena a way of life,' he said.

The US government should be held accountable for its multi-year support for the groups in the region, he said, adding that issuing such 'blame-gamish and suspicious' statements will not free Washington from its accountability for tensions and attacks on diplomatic centers and government buildings in the country and other parts of the world.

These days, many statespersons, politicians and intellectuals across the world are well aware of the US increasing role in destabilizing and bullying other countries, the Iranian diplomat said.

Emphasizing that Iran's principled policy is based on preserving peace and stability in the region, Qasemi said, 'A secure, developed Iraq has always been among Islamic Republic of Iran's demands and preferences and no third party can prevent the long-lasting, strong relations from being promoted and developed.'

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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