Abadi condemns attack against Iran’s Ahfaz, urges world action to fight terrorism

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

Baghdad ( – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has condemned an attack that targeted Revolutionary Guard troops in the south-western Iranian city of Ahvaz on Saturday, leaving scores dead and wounded.

“What happened in Ahvaz city is condemnable,” the Iraqi Baghdad Today website quoted Abadi as saying at a weekly conference Tuesday.

In his speech, Abadi called on all countries “to cooperate with each other in order to eliminate terrorism,” which, according to the premier, still poses a serious threat to the whole region.

The premier further praised “successful security operations” that were launched against dormant Islamic State cells over the past period.

On Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani blamed a Persian Gulf country allied with the United States for the attack that targeted the military parade in Ahvaz, leaving over 25 people dead and nearly 70 others wounded.

“All of those small mercenary countries that we see in this region are backed by America,” Mr. Rouhani said. “It is Americans who instigate them and provide them with necessary means to commit these crimes.”

In response to the attack, Iran summoned diplomats from Britain, Denmark and the Netherlands early Sunday, accusing them of having harbored “members of the terrorist group” that carried out the attack.

Officials then summoned the envoy of the United Arab Emirates over what was called the “irresponsible and insulting statements” of an Emirati adviser, according to the semiofficial Iranian Students News Agency.

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