Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says the hegemonic powers wage proxy wars to maintain their interventionism and dominion.
“Waging proxy wars and giving covert and overt support to terrorism are among the means the hegemonic system uses to achieve its evil goals,” General Dehqan said in a meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari in Baghdad on Tuesday.
He also dismissed the global hegemonic powers' advocacy of human rights, freedom and welfare of nations as "empty and flimsy slogans," saying the hegemonic system continues to interfere in the affairs of nations despite such claims.
Iran's defense minister reaffirmed Tehran’s support for an independent and united Iraq and added that the two neighbors have overcome significant hurdles.
The Iraqi nation has established a broad-based and strong government and displayed its determination to improve stability and peace and counter the danger of Takfiri terror, noted General Dehqan.
The Iraqi foreign minister, for his part, said the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group, which operates in his country and Syria, will pose "very dangerous" threats to regional countries.
The danger that today threatens Iraq and Syria will challenge Turkey and Saudi Arabia as well as other regional countries, Jaafari said, stressing that all nations are "duty-bound" to combat the ISIL terror.
Meanwhile, in a meeting between General Dehqan and Iraq's Interior Minister Mohammed Salem al-Ghabban, the two officials stressed the importance of bolstering cooperation to counter terrorism and improve stability and security.
The Islamic Republic of Iran regards Iraq’s security as its own and will spare no effort in helping Iraq establish stability, peace and security, the Iranian defense minister pointed out.
Iraq has been struggling with the ISIL campaign of terror since early June 2014.
The country’s army has ever since been joined by Kurdish forces as well as Shia and Sunni volunteers to drive the ISIL terrorists out of the areas they have seized.
Iran has repeatedly stressed that it will not interfere militarily in Iraq and Syria, but that it will continue to provide support for both countries against the ISIL in the form of defense consultation and humanitarian aid.