Iranian deputy FM: Theatrical acts in fight against ISIL not effective

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht Ravanchi in a meeting with Hungarian Vice-Speaker János Latorcai in Budapest underscored that creators of ISIL cannot fool the public opinion by some theatrical acts against the terrorist group.

“The powers which have played a role in the creation of the ISIL cannot claim to be fighting against the terrorists through some theatrical acts and airstrikes,” Takht Ravanchi said during the meeting on Thursday.

He warned about the consequences of the spread of terrorism in the region and the world, and said such consequences are now seen in Europe, including the flooding of refugees leaving their houses in Syria and Iraq and taking refuge in the European countries.

“This is while those countries which have played a role in the creation of the terrorist group are less affected by the consequences of the terrorist group’s actions,” Takht Ravnchi said.

In relevant remarks in August, Secretary of Iran’s National Security Council Ali Shamkhani underlined that the ISIL was a US protégé, serving Washington’s long-term interests in the region.

“The US is not seeking destruction of the ISIL, but it is using the terrorist group as a publicity tool to legitimize its long-term presence in the Middle East and the Muslim states,” Shamkhani said in a meeting with Head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI) Ammar al-Hakim in Tehran.

Shamkhani described the ISIL as a political intrigue meant to sow the seed of discord and serve the Zionist regime’s interests on religious pretexts.

“The alliance of the terrorists with Ba’athists and conducting anti-Islam measures shows that despite the false propaganda launched in this ground, the nature of terrorism in Iraq is not religious, rather it is moving within the framework specified by the arrogant powers to take Iraq out of the axis of resistance,” he added.

The top Iranian security official called on the Iraqi army, government and popular forces to utilize all their potentials and capacities to uproot the ISIL.

“The US scandal of training and equipping the new terrorist groups who have been sent to Syria to fight the extremists is a clear indication of (Washington’s) instrumental use of terrorism,” Shamkhani added.

By Fars News Agency