Iranian Speaker Blames World Powers' Approach for Growth of Terrorism
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani described the approach adopted by world powers to deal with terrorism as the reason behind the growing power of terrorist groups, and said these countries lack necessary resolve to counter the inauspicious phenomenon.
“World powers’ tactical approach to the inauspicious phenomenon of terrorism has resulted in its strength,” Larijani said in a meeting with Aram I Keshishian, Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia of the Armenian Apostolic Church, in Tehran on Saturday evening.
The Iranian parliament speaker also called terrorism “a fire” which is threatening all nations said terrorist groups have created numerous problems for all followers of divine religions in the region and will show no mercy to them.
Pointing to the so-called US-led coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group, Larijani said the coalition "is not efficient enough" to combat the terrorists.
He said some members of the coalition are hand in hand with terrorists, and added, "These countries do not have the necessary determination and honesty to counter terrorism."
The Armenian religious leader, for his part, described Iran’s role in countering acts of terrorism in the region, particularly in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, as "very significant and effective" and said all countries acknowledge Tehran’s constructive role in combating terrorism.
The ISIL is a militant group in Iraq and Syria believed to be supported by the West and some regional Arab countries. The terrorist group claims as an independent state the territory of Iraq and Syria, with implied future claims intended over more of the Levant, including Lebanon, occupied Palestine, Jordan, Cyprus, and Southern Turkey.