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EghtesadOnline: Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi stressed that hoisting any flag except Iraq’s national flag in Kirkuk in Northern Iraq, ran counter to the country’s Constitution and would mount tension.

Iran’s principled stance was to support the Iraq’s territorial integrity and national sovereignty, he said.

Ghasemi added that all sides should be committed to the Constitution and helped resolve their disputes through dialogue and legal means, ISNA reported.

“Consequently, hoisting any flag except Iraq’s national flag in Kirkuk which is under governing rules and regulations of federal government, runs counter to the country’s Constitution and creates tension,” Ghasemi said.

“Fight against terrorism and cleaning of the remaining lands from Daesh Takfiri terrorists are among most concerns of the Iraqi government and people winning supports of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he added.

“The recent measures by some Iraqi groups could deviate parts of energy of the Iraqi government and nation from the path of fight against terrorism and focused them on interior political issues which are source of concern,” Ghasemi continued.

Bahram Ghasemi Iraq's Kirkuk Iraq flag