Top security official: Iran anchor of regional security, stability

TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said the Islamic Republic is a regional power, determines the outcome of regional equations, and acts as an anchor for regional security and stability.

“The region is in turmoil. Iran has to devise its future policies and plans for a new regional order in a bid to defend its positions and interests,” Shamkhani said Tuesday during a national conference on global security in Tehran.

He noted that the old world order has collapsed and a new world order is in the making, in which there is no military solution to any regional crisis – unlike the past.

He added that Tehran has no intention to sideline its rivals, rather it seeks collective peace and security for everyone, and wants to help the regional states determine their own future.

In conclusion, Shamkhani said because of the ongoing turmoil in Mideast, the Palestinian cause has been sidelined, allowing the Zionist regime to brutally crush the Palestinian resistance in direct violation of international law.

Eaarlier this week Shamkhani had said Iran would help rebuild Gaza and its defense deterrence against Israel.

“The agenda for Iran is to help rebuild Gaza and strengthen its defense capabilities against the child-killer Israel,” Shamkhani said in a meeting with leaders and members of the Palestinian resistance groups in Tehran Sunday afternoon.

He blasted international bodies for failure in implementing their undertakings to reconstruct the besieged city of Gaza, arguing that the crimes being committed against Palestinians are being overshadowed by the utter barbarity of Takfiri terrorists in Iraq and Syria amid Zionist-run media propaganda.

In relevant remarks last Saturday, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani had also underlined the country’s continued support for the Palestinian resistance and Intifada (uprising) against Israel, calling on the Muslim world to return the Palestinian cause to its main agenda.

“The Islamic Republic supports the Palestinian Intifada and all Palestinian groups in their fight against the Zionist regime. We should turn this into the main issue in the Muslim world,” Larijani said in a meeting with the same group in Tehran.

He said some measures taken by the western states, including the US, as well as certain regional countries, have marginalized and prevented the settlement of the Palestinian issue, adding that some countries are collaborating with enemies to sow discord among Shiites and Sunnis.

Larijani underlined that Iran doesn’t differentiate between Shiites and Sunnis since they share many commonalities, and it has supported the Palestinian nation (although they are Sunnis) for the past 37 years.

By Fars News Agency