"Iran has provided assistance to Iraq, as have some other countries. This is not a secret and we have to thank them for it," the Iraqi diplomat stated on Wednesday.
Major General Gholam-Ali Rashid, Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces, had announced on September 27 that the Islamic Republic was offering military advice to the Iraqi army.
"Today, some of our commanders are giving advisory assistance to Iraq and its army,” Sepah News of the IRGC quoted the senior Iranian military official as saying.
The Iraqi official’s statements came days after a senior general with the IRGC said that Tehran played a pivotal role in defending Iraq's Kurdistan Region against the ISIL terrorist group, noting that the territory could have fallen to militants without Iran's support.
"The ISIL would have captured Iraq’s Kurdistan if it were not for Iran. General Soleimani stopped the ISIL with 70 men and prevented them from entering Erbil,” Commander of the IRGC’s Aerospace Division Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh said on September 23.
Separately, the Iraqi foreign minister referred to recent airstrikes by Western countries against the ISIL, stressing that any foreign assistance to Iraq should respect the country’s sovereignty.
"We cannot accept that Iraq is becoming a land of conflict but we have to solve this problem in a way that preserves Iraqi sovereignty," the Iraqi FM maintained.