Monday, 19 February, 2018

Zarif: Violence result of wrong policies


Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Wednesday that growing violence and extremism in the region is the outcome of the wrong policies of certain countries.

Addressing the closing ceremony of an international conference on the World Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE) in Tehran, the top diplomat called for identifying the sources of violence as a “threat to peace and security”, saying this is the main responsibility of the international community in fightingextremism. “Occupation, crackdown, violation of basic rights, domination and colonization, poverty, backwardness and sanctions are evident roots of violence,” Zarif said.

Elsewhere in his speech, Zarif said that Iran, as the standard-bearer of the campaign against terrorism and extremism in the region, will not cooperate with the US-led coalition against ISIL unless Washington and its allies win Tehran’s confidence.

“The Westerners should win Iran’s confidence. We are in this region and play a pioneering role in the establishment of stability and tranquility in the region, Syria and Iraq and we have never hesitated to fight against extremism,” Zarif said. Underlining Iran’s indispensable cooperation in finding solutions to regional problems, he said, “Now is the time for the West to acquire Iran’s confidence.”

Zarif further noted “Islamophobia, Shiaphobia and Iranophobia” are various kinds of violence promoted by extremists around the world. The two-day event opened in the Iranian capital on Tuesday with participants from more than 40 countries.

Speaking on the first day of the conference, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on the United Nations to play a more active role in the campaign against terrorism.

Rouhani also called for boosting regional and international cooperation to build a world free of violence.

He urged those states that support Takfiri terrorist groups to renounce violence and terror.

On December 18, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to approve Rouhani’s WAVE proposal, which calls on all nations across the globe to denounce violence and extremism. The president made the proposal in his address to the UN Disarmament Conference in New York on September 25 last year.

Tehran Conference comes against the backdrop of the growing threat of violence and extremism across the Middle East, particularly the atrocities committed by Takfiri ISIL terrorists in the Middle East.

The Takfiri militants have seized swathes of land in Iraq and Syria. They have carried out horrific acts of violence in the two countries, including public decapitations. ISIL has also killed people from Shia, Sunni, Kurd and Christian communities in Iraq.


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