Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs has voiced Tehran’s opposition to the instigation of militancy in Syria, saying sponsors of terrorism have launched a military campaign in the region to serve their own interests.
In a meeting with Cyprus’ Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Alexandros N. Zenon in Tehran on Tuesday, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that “No one can use terrorism to topple governments, and people should decide for their own in this regard.”
Pointing to the US-led airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria, the Iranian official cast doubt on the sincerity of those participating in the raids, saying supporters of terrorism have embarked on a military showdown to solve their own internal problems.
The Cypriot official, for his part, voiced his country’s concern over the growing extremism and terrorism in the Middle East, calling for a genuine campaign against the scourge.
Alexandros N. Zenon highlighted Iran’s positive and instrumental role in the Middle East and stressed the need for constant political consultations between Tehran and Nicosia.