President Sheikh Hasan Rouhani said Iran is to combat terrorism in the region and the world, as he warned against the savage acts of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL) which has been carrying an offensive in Iraq and pushing toward Baghdad.
“This is an extremist, terrorist group that is acting savagely,” Rouhani said live on state television, adding that Tehran will not “tolerate this violence and terror.”
“For our part, as the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran… we will combat violence, extremism and terrorism in the region and the world,” said an agitated Rouhani.
Rouhani said he would head to a meeting of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council following his speech.
The Iranian leader meanwhile, stressed that everyone is talking about the Iranian nation and its history with dignity.
“However, we should remember that if we want others to treat us respectfully we too should treat them with respect,” Rouhani pointed out.
“This government is elected by the people and for the same reason we are moving with strength in the entire world.”
He also warned that no faction or group has right to confiscate the Sacred Defense, the Leadership and the Islamic Republic system to its own favor.