News ID: 251727
Published: 0404 GMT April 21, 2019

Senior MP blasts US regional policies in Baghdad meeting

Senior MP blasts US regional policies in Baghdad meeting

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, a senior Iranian lawmaker, called on the regional countries not to allow the US to create tensions and more conflicts in the Middle East.

Addressing Iraq’s parliamentary summit, the member of Iranian Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Committee said that the US seeks to form an anti-Iran coalition while Iran is trying to bring stability to its neighbors, Mehr News Agency reported.

Boroujerdi added that Washington will fail in achieving its goal of destabilizing the region.

He expressed his country’s firm determination to support Iraq as before in the reconstruction era.

Boroujerdi also called for consolidating stability in the region and seeking long-term national interests.

He warned that the Daesh terrorism mentality is still threatening the region.

He referred to the US designation of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as a “terrorist organization”, saying that the IRGC played an important role in defeating terrorism in Iraq and Syria. The US and the Zionists created terrorists to inflict losses on the nations of the region, he added.

Iraq’s parliamentary meeting brought together the country’s neighbors in what has been described as “a display of rare regional unity”, further sidelining a US initiative to form an “Arab NATO,” Press TV reported.

The one-day summit, hosted by Iraq's Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi, brings together representatives from Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, and Kuwait on Saturday.

Speaking on Friday, the young Iraqi speaker welcomed the foreign delegations, describing Baghdad as a historical center of "Arabism, Islam and peace."

"Iraq, proud, prideful and victorious over terrorism, is honored by the presence of its neighbors in Baghdad," he added.

Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani was represented by Boroujerdi, the former chairman of its National Security and Foreign Policy Committee.

Larijani had initially planned to take part in the meeting but was unable to do so due to a conflicting work schedule, reports said.

Political observers in Iraq believe the summit was one of the most important diplomatic events of the country during its post-Daesh era and was a sign of Iraq’s advancement to a new political and international phase.

The Iraqi Foreign Relations Commission said the three main issues discussed at the meeting were the security of Iraq and the countries of the region, the adoption of regional rearrangements for making important decisions to establish a secure region, as well as discussing economic and political cooperation among member states.




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