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Iran: West’s Double-Standard Policies Preventing Fight against Terrorism, ISIL

1 September 2015 18:27



Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blamed the double-standard policies of the West, especially the US, for the spread of Takfiri terrorism in the region.

“Putting aside the double-standard policies which prevent fight against the ISIL and terrorism in the region can render help to the anti-ISIL campaign,” Zarif said, addressing a press conference in Tunisia on Tuesday.

The Iranian foreign minister described Iran as a pioneer in the fight against the ISIL, and said, “We do not stand on the way of those countries that are willing to take part in the anti-ISIL coalition, but such a fight needs political will.”

Zarif reiterated that it is not possible to fight the ISIL in a country and help the same terrorist group in another country, blaming the US-led coalition for practicing a double-standard policy on ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

The Iranian foreign reiterated that the problems of the Muslim and Arab worlds can be resolved through dialogue, moderation and political means, and said foreign states should stop their interference and meddling and opt for negotiation.

In relevant remarks on Monday, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani lashed out at the US and other western states for their biased policies towards terrorism, human rights and other important issues in different world countries.

Speaking in a meeting with visiting British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in Tehran, the top Iranian lawmaker further slammed certain western governments for adopting double standards in dealing with important issues such as fighting terrorism, narcotics, human rights and foreign occupation, saying those who created Takfiri terrorism and provided arms and weapons to terror groups should now take responsibility for their wrong policies.

Also in June, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham blasted Washington for its dual-track approach to terrorism.

 “The growing and complicated scourge of terrorism is rooted in applying double standards and a political approach to this evil and inhumane phenomenon,” Afkham said.

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