Publication Date : Saturday 8 November 2014 13:34
Rice: US not engaged in military coordination with Iran against ISIL
US National Security Adviser Susan Rice says Washington is not engaged in any military coordination with Iran in fight against the ISIL terrorist group.
"We are in no way engaged in any coordination - military coordination - with Iran on countering ISIL," she said on Friday.
She made the comments after the Wall Street Journal reported that President Barack Obama sent a letter to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei over the US-Iran shared interests in fighting ISIL.
Rice also said she would not comment on "potential presidential correspondence."
Tehran earlier rejected a US request for cooperation against the ISIL terrorists, saying that the efforts by the US and its allies are not genuine.
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said last month that Tehran is ready to cooperate with the United Nations to confront terrorist groups, since the country considers the UN as the sole source of legitimacy on the issue.
Since early August, the US military has been conducting airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq. Some Western states have also participated in some of the air raids in Iraq.
The US and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out airstrikes against ISIL inside Syria since late September without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.