Rouhani warns of ‘ter­ror­ist gov­ern­ments’ across re­gion

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Ira­nian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani warned against the threat of “ter­ror­ist gov­ern­ments” be­ing es­tab­lished in the Mid­dle East and North Africa, dur­ing a visit by EU diplo­matic chief Fed­er­ica Mogherini yes­ter­day. “The ter­ror­ist ac­tions in Syria and Iraq are a se­ri­ous threat to the world.

If there is not a se­ri­ous bat­tle against ter­ror­ism in the re­gion, we will see sev­eral ter­ror­ist gov­ern­ments and en­ti­ties” es­tab­lished in the Mid­dle East and North Africa, said Rouhani, ac­cord­ing to the pres­i­dency’s web­site. The Is­lamic State ji­hadist group has spread from its bases in Syria and Iraq to gain a sig­nif­i­cant foothold in Libya, and has also car­ried out at­tacks in Algeria and Egypt.

Mogherini also met with For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif dur­ing her visit to Tehran for “high-level talks” on the Syria cri­sis. The EU of­fi­cial, who was due to fly on to Iran’s re­gional ri­val Saudi Ara­bia, was quoted by lo­cal me­dia as say­ing the EU “needed the co­op­er­a­tion of Iran, a key power for solv­ing the re­gion’s prob­lems”. Rouhani called on the Euro­pean Union to put pres­sure on re­gional pow­ers to cut sup­port to rebel groups in Syria. — AFP

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