Iran ready to help Iraq, but will not send troops to fight the jihadists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) said Saturday Iranian President Hasan Rohani, according to the official Iranian news agency, IRNA. “If the Iraqi government asks us for help, we will give any help we ask for his people, but for now we considered sending Iranian forces,” he told a news conference. Iran is ready to help Iraq ” under international standards,” he added.
Rohani said that the Islamic Republic of Iran has never sent troops into other countries to “conduct business ” and sees “unlikely that such a situation arises.” On the possibility of collaborating with the U.S. to confront the extremist group in Iraq, Rohani said that so far Washington has not done anything about it. ” When the United States has taken a measure against the ISIL, we can think about working with that country,” he added. He also regretted that ” these terrorist groups” receive ” financial and weapons support from “Western ” powerful countries ” and the region to achieve its objectives.
Rohani warned that if terrorists were to come close to the borders of Iran, Tehran will respond. ” If a terrorist group wants to approach our borders and we feel the threat, no doubt we will face them with all necessary options,” he warned.
Moreover, UK will provide an initial amount of 3.7 million euros to bring emergency humanitarian assistance to Iraqi civilians fleeing the advance of the insurgents. This was announced on Saturday by Justine Greening, International Development, who said that “Iraq is facing a serious humanitarian need ” and added: ” The UK contribution to the international response will include seed money for clean water, medicines and sanitary ware, as well as support for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide safety equipment and welfare to protect vulnerable women. “
British aid will also include clean water and medicines, hygiene kits for women, basic household items and other sanitary ware.