Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has hailed the liberation of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul from the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, saying the victory enraptured not only the Iraqi nation but also the entire region.
“The victory of the Iraqi people over Daesh terrorists and Mosul’s liberation are joyful news not only for the Iraqi nation but also for the Iranians and the entire region,” Rouhani said in a cabinet session on Wednesday.
On Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi formally declared victory of the country’s forces over Daesh in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city which fell into the hands of the Takfiri terrorist group in June 2014.
The victory marked the formal end of a campaign that lasted nearly nine months.
Rouhani said the fact that Iran was the first country to rush to the help of the Iraqi people against terrorists will go down in history.
The Iranian president said the powers destabilizing the region over the past 16 years through military intervention and the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq have not only failed to stand up to terrorists in Iraq but also rejoiced over new problems facing the region.
He said certain regional countries were also to blame for the problems of the region, adding that they thought they could achieve their objectives through using terrorism as an instrument.