(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) British Foreign Minister William Hague said on Monday that the West and Iran have joint interest in defeating extremists who controlled several areas in northern Iraq.
There are positive developments that call for taking extra steps forward in terms of British-Iranian relations, Hague told the House of Commons during a special session, noting that had held phone talks with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif discussing developments of events in Iraq.
Britain never for several decades acknowledged Iran's importance on regional level, especially concerning security and safety in countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan, Hague said, adding that Tehran could contribute in Iraq's stability through ceasing its support to sectarian militias in other areas in Iraq.
The British Minister also said that it is necessary that all different Iraqi forces and leaderships work together for the future of their country, expressing at the same time his condemnation towards the killing of 1,700 students of the air force college in Iraq by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Hague also said that there are about 400 British nationals involved in the conflict in neighboring Syria and some of them were fighting for ISIL.
He reiterated that confronting ISIL remains the Iraqi government's responsibility, which has a capable security power to fight ISIL militias, stressing importance of defeating ISIL and recovering areas they controlled.
Moreover, Hague told the House of Commons that he called region's foreign ministers, including Iraq's Hoshyar Zebari and Turkey's Ahmet Davutoglu, adding that Britain's national interest is centered on supporting strong, democratic, and sovereign Iraq.