News ID: 251462
Published: 0248 GMT April 15, 2019

Iran FM, UN envoy discuss Iraq situation

Iran FM, UN envoy discuss Iraq situation

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and new Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert discussed the latest developments in the Arab country in a meeting in Tehran.

During the meeting, the two diplomats discussed the situation in Iraq, particularly the status of terrorist groups such as Daesh in the Arab country.

Daesh terrorists made swift advances in northern and western Iraq over the summer of 2014, after capturing large areas of Syria, Tasnim News Agency reported.

But the timely support by Iran helped Syria and Iraq fight off Daesh. In addition, formation of military units by volunteers in Iraq, known as Hashd al-Shaabi or Popular Mobilization Units, blunted the edge of Daesh offensive and later made the terror group withdraw from much of the territories it had occupied.

In December 2017, Iraqi troops eventually drove the terror group from all the territory it once held in Iraq.

However, Deash sleeper cells have since emerged in some parts of the Arab country, carrying out terrorist attacks from time to time.

The Iranian diplomat and the UN official also talked about the US move to blacklist the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as well as the provocative and hate-inciting activities of certain regional states against Iran.

Last week, the administration of US President Donald Trump designated the IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization. Iran’s Supreme National Security Council in turn designated US forces in West Asia, known as the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), as a terrorist organization.





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