Iran Concerned about Certain Actors’ Instrumental Use of Terrorists in Region


Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian said Tehran is concerned to see that certain states are using terrorist groups in Iraq, Syria and Yemen to achieve their political objectives.

Amir Abdollahian made the remarks in a meeting with his German counterpart Markus Ederer in Berlin on Thursday.

During the meeting, he warned of the spread of extremist and Takfiri terrorism in the world, and underlined the necessity for all responsible countries to pay due attention to the complicated and extraordinary situation in the Middle-East.

Ederer, for his part, expressed his country’s concern about the continued crises in Syria and Yemen, and said, “Berlin will continue its positive efforts to find a political solution to these crises stronger than ever.”

He also underscored the need for continued and enhanced consultations with Tehran on regional issues.

In relevant remarks in May, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó described Iran’s role in the Middle-East as special and important, and underscored the European countries’ enthusiasm for taking practical steps to increase cooperation with Tehran.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran plays an outstanding role in the Middle-East region,” Szijjártó said in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran.

“The European countries have decided to enter negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran and pave the ground for practical cooperation with Iran based on mutual interests and respect,” he added.

Szijjártó referred to the current events and conflicts in the Middle-East and their direct or indirect impacts on Europe, and underlined Europe’s determination to strengthen fight against terrorism, extremism and violence.