Official Outlines Iran’s Anti-Terrorism Campaign

Official Outlines Iran’s Anti-Terrorism CampaignOfficial Outlines Iran’s Anti-Terrorism Campaign

A senior Iranian official stressed the need for a global fight against “all forms of terrorism” without differentiating between terrorist groups, saying the world should follow Iran’s example in this regard.

In a Thursday meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni in Rome, Mohammad Javad Larijani, the head of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights, described the Islamic Republic as “one of the safest countries in the world” despite being surrounded by terror-stricken states.

“We do not believe in differentiating between good terrorists and bad terrorists, and we fight terrorists of all sorts,” he was quoted as saying by Press TV.

The Iranian official said the only way to rid the world of terror groups is for the international community to take a clear and unified stance against the phenomenon, without making exceptions. He emphasized the need for making sincere international efforts to eradicate terrorism.

“The Americans divide terrorists into good and bad. This is not acceptable to us. We believe that you have to fight all sorts of terrorism, otherwise you will not succeed in completely eradicating it,” he said.

Larijani criticized the western approach in dealing with the deadly crisis plaguing Syria.

Since day one, Iran was opposed to foreign support for terrorists in Syria, “knowing it would bring unfortunate results, and today, everyone admits that democracy will not return to the Arab state as long as Daesh [an Arabic acronym for the self-styled Islamic State] and other terrorist groups are present there,” Larijani said.

Gentiloni referred to the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and major powers, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, saying Rome, along with other European Union member states, will remain committed to the accord.

“Iran and Italy have had cordial relations over the past decades,” said Gentiloni, calling for the expansion of Tehran-Rome relations.

The Italian official hoped that the JCPOA will create an opportunity for all sides to improve their relations.

Last July, Iran and P5+1, namely Russia, China, France, Britain and the US, plus Germany, signed the deal that removed all nuclear-related sanctions against Tehran.

However, the Islamic Republic complains that it still does not have access to global financial markets.