Extremism, Terrorism Pose Serious Threat to Entire World

Friday, June 3, 2016

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says that extremism and terrorism are two phenomenons, which pose a serious threat to the entire world.

He added that to overcome the existing problems in the world, international issues must be redefined in a new way, emphasizing that extremism and terrorism will not remain limited to a certain geographical region.

Zarif stated that the lose-lose approach in international interactions should be replaced with a win-win approach, saying, “If in international disputes one party is less loser and the other one is more winner, this cycle of conflict and dispute will continue to exist” and the world would never see calm and security.

Explaining about recent remarks by his Saudi counterpart, Adel al-Jubeir, who accused Iran of meddling in Iraq’s affairs, the Iranian foreign minister said, “I don’t know how Iraq is Saudi Arabia’s business. When they say do not interfere in Iraq, this is, per se, a form of interference.”

Zarif emphasized that Iran is helping Iraq on the request of the Arab country’s officials.

“We will leave Iraq whenever Iraqi officials ask us to do so and any time Iraqi officials ask us for our help, we will help Iraq,” Iran's top diplomat said noting that Saudi Arabia will soon realize that the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group is its enemy number one.

On the crisis in Syria, Zarif said only the Syrian nation can decide the future of their country and foreign states must avoid interference in the internal affairs of the Arab country and work to facilitate the resolution of the conflict.

Iran's Foreign Minister also said the Islamic Republic is the sole country in the Middle East region with free elections.

Regarding the situation of human rights in Iran, Zarif said demonizing Iran over the issue of human rights has become a business for “certain people, adding, “We are the only country in the region with free elections.”

Zarif advised European countries not to fall for negative propaganda against Iran by certain people who pursue their personal interest through such propaganda.

Iranian Foreign Minister also said the US should take more objective steps to guarantee international banking transactions with Iran under last year’s nuclear agreement between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries.

“In our view, the first step toward facilitating banking transactions has been taken, but the Americans must now resolutely and seriously take objective steps in this regard,” Zarif said.

He added that Iran is closely monitoring all the outcomes of the process.

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