“We have no trust and confidence in the honesty of those making these remarks (against ISIL) and believe that the issue of ISIL and terrorism should be resolved by regional countries,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Tehran on Tuesday.
The Leader said Iran attaches great significance to security, welfare, might and dignity of Iraq as an important country in the Middle East region, adding that the Islamic Republic firmly and seriously supports the new Iraqi government.
“The present circumstances in the region, including in Iraq, are the outcome of irresponsible policies adopted by transregional powers and certain regional countries in Syria,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
“We believe that the Iraqi nation and government, particularly the country’s youths, are capable of overcoming terrorists and establishing security and there is no need for the presence of foreigners,” the Leader added.
Ayatollah Khamenei also stated that Iraq has pursued a correct and wise policy in recent years by refusing to allow its soil to be used against Syria.
The Leader described as quite correct the new Iraqi government’s policy of fostering national, ethnic and tribal unity and stated that it would be meaningless to divide Iraqis into Shia, Sunni, Kurd and Arab.
The Iraqi premier, for his part, appreciated Iran’s stance and role in the fight against the ISIL militants and said that insightful people of Iran and Iraq can force terrorists to withdraw.
Abadi also expressed Iraq’s determination to further expand relations with Iran in different fields.