Envoy: Iran spearheading fight against terrorism

FNA -Iranian Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Ali Mojtaba Rouzbehani described his country as one of the world’s pioneering states in war on terrorist groups.

“Iran is one of the most pioneering countries in the fight against terrorism and has played a very obvious role in confronting extremist organizations, both in Iraq and Syria,” Rouzbehani said, addressing a meeting in Bishkek on Saturday.

He also blasted certain countries for making an instrumental use of terrorist groups, including their transfer to Afghanistan and different parts of Central Asia.

Rouzbehani stressed the need for regional and international cooperation to respond to the challenges and threats in today world, and said Tehran is ready to further cooperate with the UN and regional organizations to fight against terrorism.

Iran and Russia have in the last several months increasingly warned of the US attempts to transfer the ISIL terrorists to Afghanistan.

In relevant remarks late in January, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei blamed the US for the tragedies by transferring the ISIL terrorists to Afghanistan to guarantee its presence in the region.

“The US goal of transferring the ISIL terrorists to Afghanistan is justification of its continued deployment in the region and establishment of security for the Zionist regime,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing the Iranian seminaries in Tehran.

“The same hands which used the ISIL as a tool to oppress and commit crimes against the people in Syria and Iraq by its creation, is today after transferring the ISIL to Afghanistan after sustaining defeat in those regions, and the recent massacres are actually the start of this plot,” he added.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the US-backed terrorists don’t differentiate between the Shiites and Sunnis, and added, “The US wants this region not to see good days and wants the regional governments and nations to be busy with their own affairs so that they don’t think of opposing the evil agent of arrogant powers, that is Zionism.”

He described the United States’ other goal of creation of insecurity as justification of its presence in the region, and said, “The Americans, themselves, are the main cause for insecurity in Afghanistan and the killings in this region since 20 years ago under the name of religion were carried out, directly or indirectly, by the US agents, and they are now after guaranteeing their presence by fomenting insecurity and attaining their political and economic objectives.”