Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called for the removal of “terrorists” from Iraq’s disputed oil-rich Kirkuk province, which has seen a string of attacks by ISIL and other Sunni militant groups.
The Iraqi government on Tuesday blamed ISIL for an attack on the Iraqi parliament on Tuesday that killed at least 14 people, including a senior Shia figure and parliament member.
The attack occurred after a Shia religious festival and was claimed by the militant group.
Rouhani called for “all terrorist groups to be eliminated” and called on the country to fight them with all its might.
He also called on Sunni leaders to reject extremist ideologies and said that Iraq will not let Iraq’s neighbors “make up its mind” about the region’s future.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the violence in Kirkuk was the result of an “understanding of the weakness” of the Iraqi government and that Baghdad would not allow ISIL to take control of Kirkuk.
The United States and other nations in the region have accused Iran of backing extremist groups in Iraq and neighboring Syria.
Iran has denied the allegations.