SNSC secretary: US-led anti-ISIL coalition formed to violate countries’ sovereignty

TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani questioned the goals pursued by the US-led anti-ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) coalition, and said Washington seeks to violate the regional countries’ sovereignty.

“The US attempts to create an anti-terrorism coalition in collaboration with certain states which are themselves the main suppliers of the terrorists are suspicious and lack transparency,” Shamkhani said, addressing a gathering of Iranian clerics in the Central city of Qom on Saturday.

“The US seeks to continue its unilateralism and violate the countries’ sovereignty under the pretext of fighting terrorism,” he added.

Shamkhani underlined that Washington is also attempting to distract the world attention from the pivotal role that the US and its allies have played in the establishment, equipment and development of the terrorist groups under the pretext of overthrowing the legal government in Syria.

NATO heads of state convened in the Welsh city of Newport on 4-5 September. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told foreign and defense ministers participating in the NATO summit that the US was forming a broad international coalition against ISIL.

Ministers from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Poland and Denmark met in Wales to hammer out a strategy for battling ISIL, but the policy was questioned by many regional officials and political leaders.

In relevant remarks today, Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said the US coalition and its airstrikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) positions would prove inefficient and only cause the terrorist group to spread and grow.

“The US logic for annihilating the ISIL group will not result in reforms in the Middle-East and won’t destroy the ISIL, rather it will cause an overwhelming fire of hatred in this region,” Larijani said, addressing a ceremony in the Northeastern city of Mashhad on Saturday.

“Certainly, the ISIL won’t be annihilated by the US air attacks since bombardment cannot kill the guerillas in the houses,” he added, explaining why he believes that the US strategy is irrational.

The US, which has failed in implementing its plots against the region through the UN and the Security Council, has now created a coalition against Syria, Larijani said, warning that igniting the fire of hatred in the region would backfire on Washington.

He underlined that the US policies in fighting the ISIL through air attacks would further spread the ISIL terrorist moves in the region.

Also on Thursday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham questioned the goal of the so-called international coalition formed to fight the ISIL terrorist group, and lashed out at Washington and its allies for pursuing a double-standard policy towards campaign against terrorism in various countries.

“The so-called international coalition to fight the ISIL group, which came into existence following a NATO summit in Wales and is taking shape, is shrouded in serious ambiguities and there are severe misgivings about its determination to sincerely fight the root causes of terrorism,” Afkham said.

“Some of the countries in the coalition are among financial and military supporters of terrorists in Iraq and Syria and some others have reneged on their international duties in the hope of (seeing) their desired political changes in Iraq and Syria,” she added.

She noted that the double standards adopted by these countries in dealing with extremism have contributed to the spread of terrorism across the world.

Afkham also rejected as baseless any report that Iran and the US are in talks on fighting the Takfiri militants.

“In the negotiations with the US, no issue but the issue of (Iran’s) nuclear energy has been discussed, and the US side has merely talked about its positions regarding the ISIL group,” the Iranian official said.

By Fars News Agency


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