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President Rouhani: Iran, France Able to Accelerate Anti-Terrorism Campaign

17 May 2016 14:40


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined deepening of relations between Tehran and Paris in all fields, and said cooperation between the two countries can intensify efforts to fight against terrorism.

“Establishing calm in the region, specially in Syria and Iraq, will benefit both Iran and France and the two countries can play an important role in strengthening the foundation of peace and stability in the region,” Rouhani said in a meeting with new French Ambassador to Tehran François Sénémaud in Tehran on Tuesday.

He described terrorism as a global dilemma, and said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran has since long ago focused its efforts on fighting terrorism and the two countries’ cooperation will accelerate this campaign.”

Sénémaud, for his part, stressed that Paris is determined to develop and deepen ties with Tehran in all arenas.

Iran has pioneered in helping the regional states’ fight against terrorism, specially Iraq and Syria, and has offered many regional and world states to cooperate in campaign against terrorist groups.

In relevant remarks last month, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said Iran and Italy can cooperate in the war against terrorism and extremism.

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his accompanying delegation in Tehran.

“A number of European countries used to support certain violent terrorist groups for some time and today the dangerous and overarching wave of terrorism has reached Europe too,” the Leader added.

Ayatollah Khamenei cited Washington’s financial and arms support for terrorist groups as an obstacle to the eradication of terrorism, adding, “There is authentic and accurate information about aid by the US for ISIL, and certain other terrorist groups. Even now that they have formed an anti-ISIL coalition certain American organs are helping ISIL in one way or other.”

The Leader criticized major propaganda apparatuses in the world for spreading anti-Islam sentiments under the pretext of “actions committed by certain wicked and terrorist” elements.

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