Zarif: Zionist air attack on Syria encourage terrorists

Tehran, Dec 8, IRNA – Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the Sunday attack of Zionist regime fighters to Syria indicates the bonds of sympathy between Israel and terrorist groups.
He made the remarks in a joint press conference with the visiting Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem here on Monday.

He said the attack took place with the objective of spiriting up terrorist groups in Syria that are suffering serious blows by the public resistance waves.

He condemned the air attacks and said they disclosed the identical objectives the Zionist regime shared with the Takfiri groups and extremist terrorists.

He reiterated that Iran has already condemned the Zionist regime’s actions.

Like a similar event two weeks ago, the gathering on ‘World against Violence and Extremism’ to open in Tehran on Tuesday will also try to convey the message to the world that divine religions are clean of any notions promoting extremism and radicalism, he added.

Zarif went on to stress that Takfiri groups have no place in Islamic community, neither with the Sunni nor Shiite Muslims.

Their actions, the Iranian foreign minister noted, are against the interests of not only the regional nations but the whole Muslims worldwide.

He said the meeting carries the political message that the world today is well aware of the fact that using Takfiri groups as instruments will at the end hurt those who are manipulating them.

The foreign minister reiterated that the only way to confront Takfiri groups was to wage an all-out global war against them and use all cultural, political and economic means as well as military arms to fight them.

He said regional countries have to come to the point that they have no choice but combat the terrorists because the menace of these terrorist groups target their founders more than anybody else.

Al-Moallem is here to take part in the WAVE confab to be held in Tehran December 9-10 with the participation of 40 countries.

No statement would be issued at the end of the conference but instead a directive is to be presented based on the address of President Hassan Rouhani at the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2013 during which his proposal for a World Against Violence and Extremism was overwhelmingly ratified with 190 votes as the WAVE Act.

The WAVE Act urges UN member states to take ‘appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace and achieve international cooperation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian nature.’

Prime ministers and former foreign ministers of a number of Asian and African states as well as senior officials from Iraq, Syria and Nicaragua are to take part in the gathering.



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