The leaders of Shiite Iran and Sunni Qatar vowed Sunday to cooperate to fight “terrorism in the region”, President Hassan Rouhani’s office reported as Iraqi forces counter a militant onslaught.

The pledge to play a “constructive role to establish security and stability” came in a phone call between Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Rouhani, a statement from the Iranian president’s office said.

Rouhani said that in order to defeat “the hurdle of terrorism and extremism… all Muslims should come hand in hand and cooperate,” it said. […]