Iran Voices Concern over Spread of Terrorism in Middle East


Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham renewed Tehran’s concern over the spread of insecurity, spread of terrorism and the rise in the number of terrorist attacks across the world, specially in the Middle-East.

Afkham’s remarks came after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has intensified terrorist operations from Iraq to Lebanon.

“Tehran feels great concern over insecurity, spread of terrorism and terrorist attacks against world countries,” Afkham said in her weekly press conference in Tehran on Wednesday.

She noted that terrorism is currently being used as an instrument to influence people’s vote.

“This is a source of deep concern that terrorism is being used as a means by its organizers as well as certain countries and circles to achieve their vicious goals in the region through causing insecurity, disturbing democratic procedures, dominating ballot booths as well as imposing force, weapons and terror instead of democratic trends,” Afkham said.

The ISIL terrorist group had earlier threatened that Lebanon would be the next target of its terrorist attacks.

Last week, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian told a parliamentary meeting that the US does not have any intention to fight against terrorists, and called Washington the main sponsor of terrorism in Syria and Iraq.

“The Americans have created the terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq themselves,” Rapporteur of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini quoted Amir Abdollahian as telling the commission members in a meeting

“The extremists and terrorist groups engage in such acts on the assumption that the Middle East is in the best condition for setting up Al-Qaeda governments in there,” Amir Abdollahian said, according to the MP.

Naqavi Hosseini said that the Iranian deputy foreign minister had informed them that several important events such as a fatwa by Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani which resulted in unity of all Iraqi groups resulted in spiritual and material support of the Iraqi groups for the government and intimidated the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants.