President Rouhani: Iran ready to share anti-terrorism experiences with Macedonia

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined his country’s preparedness to provide Macedonia with its experiences in the fight against terrorism, and stressed the need to protect the youth against extremist thoughts.

“Iran enjoys valuable experiences in the war on terrorism and it can share them with other countries, including Macedonia,” Rouhani said on Monday in a meeting with Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki who is leading a large delegation of his country’s businesspersons in a visit to Tehran.

He underlined the need for vaccinating the youth against extremist thoughts, specially those promoted through the internet, and said, “Some people are attempting to attribute deviating thoughts to Islam – that of course aren’t related to Islam and Muslims – to attract the youth to terrorism and extremist moves.”

Poposki, for his part, underscored the necessity for global campaign against terrorism, and expressed regret that “Europe has, unfortunately, ignored this problem for a long time”.

Elsewhere, he emphasized his country’s enthusiasm for the further expansion of all-out ties with Iran, adding that Macedonia will soon inaugurate its embassy in Tehran which was welcomed by President Rouhani.

President Rouhani also said that the Iranian companies which are active in many world states can also implement different high-quality projects in Macedonia.

Iran has pioneered in helping the regional states’ fight against terrorism, specially Iraq and Syria, and has offered many regional and world states to cooperate in campaign against terrorist groups.

In relevant remarks earlier this month, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said Iran and Italy can cooperate in the war against terrorism and extremism.

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his accompanying delegation in Tehran.

“A number of European countries used to support certain violent terrorist groups for some time and today the dangerous and overarching wave of terrorism has reached Europe too,” the Leader added.

Ayatollah Khamenei cited Washington’s financial and arms support for terrorist groups as an obstacle to the eradication of terrorism, adding, “There is authentic and accurate information about aid by the US for ISIL, and certain other terrorist groups. Even now that they have formed an anti-ISIL coalition certain American organs are helping ISIL in one way or other.”

The Leader criticized major propaganda apparatuses in the world for spreading anti-Islam sentiments under the pretext of “actions committed by certain wicked and terrorist” elements.

By Fars News Agency