TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary and Expatriates Affairs Hassan Qashqavi lashed out at the western states for supporting the ISIL and al-Nusrah Front terrorist groups to achieve their ominous goals.
Addressing a gathering in Tehran on Saturday night, Qashqavi said, “The secular western streams in the US and Europe support the ISIL and al-Nusrah as sectarian movements in Syria for different reasons, including gaining advantage.”
He stressed that the discriminatory policies exercised by the European and US governments against different people is the driving force behind the creation of terrorist groups like the ISIL and al-Nusrah Front and membership of a large number of western youth in such groups.
Qashqavi lambasted the double-standard behavior of the western states, and said Europeans are supporting the ISIL for the sake of their own benefits.
If they claim to be supporting such terrorist groups due to their wide support for all religious streams, then they should be asked why the European officials don’t allow freedom of hijab (Islamic code of dressing) in many places in their countries, he asked.
In relevant remarks in January, another Iranian Deputy Foreign, Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, also lashed out at the western states for supporting terrorism and extremism in the Middle East.
“From the very outset of the crisis in Syria, the Islamic Republic of Iran repeatedly warned the West and some regional countries not to exploit terrorism,” Amir Abdollahian said.
He reiterated that the negative consequences of exploiting terrorism had affected the whole region and the international community.
Amir Abdollahian urged the West and some regional countries to avoid dubious policies towards terrorism.
He pointed to Iran’s support for the regional countries in their fight against terrorism, and said, “Iran will vigorously continue fighting terrorism in the region at the request of and in full coordination and cooperation with the governments of Syria and Iraq.”
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