Israel behind Surge in Terrorist Acts: Iranian President

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani highlighted the Tel Aviv regime’s support for terrorists and extremists in the Middle East and said a recent surge in terrorist acts in the region is part of the regime’s plot to divert public attention away from the Palestinian issue.

Israel behind Surge in Terrorist Acts: Iranian President

Speaking at a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Tehran on Tuesday, Rouhani underlined that the increase of terrorist activities in the region is part of “a sinister plot” hatched by the Zionist regime of Israel.

“Fighting against terrorism should not sideline and overshadow the issue of al-Quds and the threat of the Zionist regime (Israel) in the region,” the president noted.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani congratulated the Iraqi government and people over the liberation of Mosul from Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) terrorists and said, “The liberation of Mosul is a symbol for an end to terrorism and a victory celebration for Iran, Iraq, Syria and all the regional countries fighting the dilemma of terrorism.”

The Iranian president also called for further efforts to promote bilateral relations between Tehran and Baghdad in all fields.

The Iraqi premier, for his part, emphasized that his country is resolved to boost ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran in all areas.  

Heading a high-ranking delegation, Abadi arrived in Tehran on Tuesday as part of his regional tour that had taken him to Saudi Arabia.  

Iraq has been facing the growing threat of terrorism, mainly posed by the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group.

Daesh militants made swift advances in much of northern and western Iraq over the summer of 2014, after capturing large swaths of northern Syria.

However, a combination of concentrated attacks by the Iraqi military and the volunteer forces, who rushed to take arms after top Iraqi cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani issued a fatwa calling for the fight against the militants, have blunted the edge of Daesh offensive.

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