Iran supports Iraq’s territorial integrity: FM spokesman

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Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian foreign ministry spokesman emphasized that Iran supports the territorial integrity and democratic process in Iraq.

“Iran’s stance on the Iraqi Kurdish referendum on support for independence from Baghdad is clear and we deem wrong and inappropriate any measure that could undermine stability, security and territorial integrity of Iraq,” Iranian foreign minister spokesman Bahram Qassemi said at a press conference on Monday.

“We support territorial integrity, national sovereignty, and the democratic process of developments in Iraq. The referendum is untimely and wrong and can lead to developments and happenings that affect all people of the region and especially Kurdish people,” he added.

He dismissed rumors published on some Western media claiming Iranian artillery had shelled Iraqi Kurdistan region, saying the rumors were an attempt to cause media mayhem ahead of the KRG referendum, following particular objectives and intending to involve Iran in matters that have no factual basis.

Qassemi stressed that Iran has closed its airspace with Iraqi Kurdistan at the request of the Iraqi central government.

About the 5+1 joint commission’s ministerial meeting held in New York, Qassemi said, “all instances of US violation and lack of commitment under the nuclear deal were raised and pursued in earnest during the meeting”.

“The nuclear deal was nonnegotiable and would not be reopened. The nuclear agreement between Iran and the 5+1 will either remain as it is or will cease to exist altogether,” he added.  

“So far, the Iranian foreign minister has held over 42 meetings and press conferences in New York and the meetings will continue in the upcoming days of Zarif’s stay there,” Qassemi went on to say. 

Asked about Trump’s new travel restrictions order for Iranian nationals, Qassemi condemned the US administration’s move as “inhumane” and “illogical”, adding “I imagine that the public opinion in every part of the world would not agree to such inappropriate measures”.

About Turkish President’s upcoming visit to Iran, the spokesman said that the relations between the two countries are developing and the sides have entered new phases in their cooperation.

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