Political vacuum provides new opportunity for terrorists: Official

IRNA – Parliament Speaker Special Aide for International Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Tuesday chaos in the region will further bolster terrorism, adding that any political vacuum inside Iraq will provide terrorist groups with a new opportunity.

In a meeting with the Head of the International Diplomatic Academy Michel Duclos, he added that formation of an independent Kurdistan government will cause insecurity and further development of terrorism in the region.

Referring to Syrian crisis, Iranian official said that settlement of Syrian crisis requires serious resolve.

Iran welcomes any mechanism for peace in the country, but they should not hamper political process to that effect, he said.

Today Syria is more in need of serious resolve of the international community for fighting terrorism and consolidating dialogues than any new mechanism, Amir Abdollahian said.

Expressing concern over beating drums of war by Saudi Arabia in Yemen and region and threats of Wahhabism in promoting terrorism in the region, he called for serious attention of all countries to the issue.

Amir Abdollahian hailed Iran-France bilateral ties, saying that increasing political consultations by the new French government reveals its firm resolve and interest in helping political trend and solving regional and global crises.

Duclos, for his part, said that French government is willing to help tackle the Syrian crisis along with Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey in the form of Contact Group.

Pointing to French president’s speech in the UN, he ensured that French government has a diplomacy independent from that of the US and Europe.

“We express merely our independent viewpoints,” he said.

Duclos confirmed Iran’s security concerns due to holding referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan for independence, saying that the issue can cause insecurity and further spread of terrorism in the region, which in turn can threaten regional and global security.