Iran Urges Formation of Regional, Int’l Anti-Terrorism Coalition

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Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari blasted instrumental use of terrorism as the root cause for growing extremism in the world, and asked for the formation of a regional or global coalition to fight against the terrorist groups.

“One of the reasons of the increasing wave of extremism in the region and the world is the deliberate policy and strategic mistake of certain regional and international actors that are using terrorism and extremism as a tool to attain certain political objectives,” Jaberi Ansari said on Saturday.

He expressed regret that certain Arab countries and world powers have been making an instrumental use of terrorism in Syria, and said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran has condemned the policy of using the terrorists as a tool since the start of the crisis in Syria and considers it as a failed policy.”

The senior diplomat called for the start of a regional or international coalition against terrorism.

In relevant remarks in 2016, Jaberi Ansari had warned the sponsors of terrorist groups, which use them as a tool to attain their goals, that their policy will backfire in future.

“Using the extremist and terrorist groups as an instrument may meet the interests of these actors tactically and in the short run, but it is a big strategic mistake which will harm these countries in the mid and long run,” Jaberi Ansari said in a meeting with United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL) Sigrid Kaag in Tehran.

Many regional and international analysts blame Riyadh, Tel Aviv and Washington for the turmoil in the region.

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