Zarif: I hate referring to Daesh as Islamic State

Davos, Jan 25, IRNA – I hate calling the Daesh an Islamic State, because it is neither Islamic, nor a government, said the Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a panel discussion in Davos Economic Forum on Sunday.
  Speaking in Geopolitical Outlook Panel Discussion in Davos Economic Forum, attended by the German defense minister, the South Koran foreign minister, the Vietnamese foreign minister and the executive director of the German firm Henkel, Mohammad Javad Zarif made the comment in response to a question: What measures are necessary to block the path of the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL).

‘Our problem in the region is extremism and extremism has roots in occupation, suppression, and deprivation from natural rights. We need to encounter it, weather we like it or not, as this is a serious crisis in the region,’ said the Iranian foreign minister.

On the nomination of the Daesh, he said that in Arabic and Persian languages that word is used to name them, but in the West the Islamic State is used, which he said he does not like.

Zarif said that the most important things to be done in encountering the ISIS is stopping funding that terrorist group, which unfortunately still continues as they are used as an instrument in geostrategic games aimed at exertion of hegemony in the region, which should also be stopped.


The Iranian top diplomat said that the hallucination that making instrumental use of Daesh in a short term tactical game is possible and it can be used as a tool against certain governments should end.

‘Acting against the ISIS cannot be limited to air raids, as a multidimensional, solid strategy against the Daesh is needed to uproot it,’ he said.

2015 CHALLANGE: Threat of cold war era

In response to another question, Zarif said that two major security challenges, the first one is return of the world to the Cold War era and the geopolitical competitions of that era, as we might as well return to the conditions in the 1980s and 1990s periods, but in new settings of the region and the world.

‘Extremism and the ways to encounter it is one of our other major challenges as we see extremism in the Middle East and in Europe. What is to be done? Extremism cannot be encountered by ignoring it, as it is a very perilous threat,’ he said.

The Iranian foreign minister also expressed deep concern about the European sacrilege of religious values and especially Islam has become a commonplace practice leading to escalation of extremism and depriving many people of their rights.



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