President Rouhani: Iran Ready to Help Countries in Fighting Terrorism
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran will assist countries in fighting terrorism if they request it.
“I declare that if a country asks for our assistance in combating terrorism, we will help them against violence and terrorism as much as we can,” the president said in a meeting in New York with American Muslim leaders and personalities.
He stressed that Tehran seeks no interference in any country, including Syria and Iraq, but that Iran will aid them if they request help.
Rouhani noted that the Islamic Republic was the first country to help the Iraqi people during the recent events in the country, adding that Iran impeded the advance of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists upon Bagdad’s request.
Since early this year, Iraq has been facing a growing militancy by the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group and its allied militants, who have taken over areas in the country’s west and north. The crisis has deteriorated since June, when the ISIL declared a so-called caliphate in the territories they have seized.
The ISIL terrorists have also threatened other communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, and others, in Iraq.
They have been committing heinous crimes in the areas they have taken, including the mass execution of civilians as well as Iraqi army troops and officers.