Iran’s Foreign Minister has described the recent terror attack against Iranian workers and engineers in Iraq as a “vicious move” against both Iranian and Iraqi nations, urging closer regional cooperation to counter terrorism.
“This terrorist act is in fact a vicious move against the two countries (Iran and Iraq) and all the nations and countries of the region, doubling the necessity of cooperation among regional countries to counter the scourge of terrorism,” Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday.
The Iranian foreign minister was speaking to Ibrahim Ja’fari, who heads the prominent Iraqi National Alliance political party, in Tehran on Monday.
On Friday, masked gunmen shot dead 25 people, including 20 Iranians, working on a pipeline near the village of Balad Ruz, some 80 kilometers northeast of Baghdad.
Five other Iranians and two Iraqis were also injured in the attack on the pipeline which is set to connect Iraq’s gas network to energy reserves in the western Iranian town of Naft Shahr.
The Iraqi government has formed an investigation committee comprised of high-ranking military and security officials to probe the Friday attack.
During the Monday meeting, Zarif expressed his gratitude for the Iraqi government for its measures to probe the deadly incident, emphasizing that both nations will do their utmost to enhance ties despite such futile terrorist efforts.
For his part, Ja’fari condemned the terror attack against the Iranian technicians and expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.
The visiting Iraqi politician further emphasized that such inhumane and terrorist acts cannot affect the trend of the enhancing ties between the two neighbors.
It will rather strengthen the two countries’ resolve to upgrade existing cooperation in bilateral, regional and international aspects, Ja’fari underlined.