Iran: Obama will escalate sectarianism in Iraq
Tehran said Friday that U.S. President Barack Obama lacks "serious will [to combat terrorism]" in Iraq and is sparking greater sectarianism in the country instead, according to Agence France Presse.
Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian told state media Friday that "Delaying the fight against terrorism and ISIL and putting conditions on it have fueled suspicions and doubts about the United States' objectives in Iraq...Obama's comments show the White House lacks serious will in fighting terrorism in Iraq and the region."
The Deputy FM's commentary comes in response to Obama's address Thursday at the White House in which the U.S. leader pledged to only send military advisors from Washington at this time to combat the growing violence in Iraq. Shiite-dominant Tehran has largely been calling for stronger action in Iraq due to the fact that the Sunni militant jihadist group, ISIL, is largely taking over the Shiite-dominant areas within Iraq.
ISIL considers Shiites, and thus Iran, to be apostates, according to the AFP report.
The Deputy FM subsequently added that Obama's commentary shows that Washington is more committed to sparking greater sectarianism in Iraq and the MENA region, rather than fighting terrorism.
"Instead of focusing on fighting terrorism and national unity and strengthening of government institutions, the U.S. is spreading sectarianism," Abdollahian added.