Lar­i­jani urges Eurasian states to counter ter­ror­ism

Tehran Times - - POLITICS -

TEHRAN — Ira­nian Ma­jlis Speaker Ali Lar­i­jani said on Tues­day that it is nec­es­sary that coun­tries in the Eura­sia re­gion also fight ter­ror­ism and ad­dress other com­mon chal­lenges.

Fight­ing ter­ror­ism, ex­trem­ism, vi­o­lence and coun­ter­ing uni­lat­eral sanc­tions that in­flu­ence free in­ter­na­tional eco­nomic re­la­tions can lay the ground­work for mul­ti­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion among the Eurasian coun­tries, Lar­i­jani said dur­ing a speech at the meet­ing of the par­lia­ment speak­ers of Eurasian coun­tries in Seoul, South Korea.

De­scrib­ing ter­ror­ism as an “in­ter­na­tional threat”, he said fight against the ter­ror­ist groups en­tails iden­ti­fy­ing and coun­ter­ing roots of their ide­ol­ogy and their supporters.

Lar­i­jani also said the strategy of the U.S. is “play­ing with ter­ror­ism” rather than fight­ing it.

Com­ment­ing on the Syr­ian cri­sis, the se­nior law­maker said that the sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try has be­come more com­pli­cated due to for­eign in­ter­fer­ences.

“The Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran sup­ports the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment’s ac­tions in fight­ing ter­ror­ist groups and high­lights the im­por­tance of the Syr­ian peo­ple’s role in de­ter­min­ing the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal struc­ture and find­ing po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion to the con­flict,” the par­lia­ment speaker stated.

He added it is es­sen­tial that the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity help re­store peace and se­cu­rity in Syria.

The Ira­nian par­lia­ment speaker also said ap­ply­ing mil­i­tary strategy to re­solve the Ye­meni cri­sis is “fruit­less”, re­new­ing Iran’s call for in­ter-Ye­meni talks in or­der to bring the war to a halt in the coun­try.

To re­in­state de­posed Ab­drab­buh Man­sour Hadi as president, Saudi Ara­bia has been pound­ing Ye­men in­ces­santly since March 2015, caus­ing great dam­ages to the coun­try’s in­fra­struc­ture and push­ing mil­lions of peo­ple to the verge ex­treme star­va­tion.

‘U.S. sanc­tions vi­o­late in­ter­na­tional law’

Lar­i­jani also said that the U.S. moves in im­pos­ing uni­lat­eral sanc­tions against in­de­pen­dent coun­tries vi­o­late in­ter­na­tional law and the UN Char­ter.

On 15 June, the U.S. Se­nate voted nearly unan­i­mously for leg­is­la­tion to im­pose new sanc­tions on Iran over its bal­lis­tic mis­sile ac­tiv­ity, its al­leged hu­man rights vi­o­la­tion and claims of sup­port for ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“The Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran sup­ports the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment’s ac­tions in fight­ing ter­ror­ist groups and high­lights the im­por­tance of the Syr­ian peo­ple’s role in de­ter­min­ing the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal struc­ture and find­ing po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion to the con­flict.”

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