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    Iran Allies With US, Iraqi Kurdistan in Fight Against Daesh

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    Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani said that Iraqi Kurdistan considers Iran a key neighbor and partner in the fight against terrorism.

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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Iran has been a US and Iraqi Kurdish ally with respect to fighting the Daesh, Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani said on Thursday.

    "They [Iran] have been America’s ally in the war against ISIS [Islamic State]," Talabani stated at a conference hosted by the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC.

    Iraqi Kurdistan, Talabani continued, considers Iran a key neighbor and partner in the fight against terrorism.

    The KRG also hopes, he added, that the Kurds can form a stronger relationship with the Sunni community in the region that will not undermine Kurdish-Shia relations.

    "If we [Iraqi Kurdistan] can manage a relationship between Iran and the United States at the same time, I am sure we can manage a relationship between the Sunnis and the Shiites at the same time," Talabani said.

    Syrian President Bashar Assad said last month that the military and political support provided by both Iran and Russia have been critical in the fight against terrorist groups in Syria, including the Islamic State, or Daesh.

    In early March, Iraqi President Fuad Masum told RIA Novosti that Baghdad is not opposed to partnering with Iran in a counterterrorism coalition that would also include Russia and Syria.


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