The Spanish foreign minister says Iran can be of great help in fighting the growing threat of Takfiri terrorism in the Middle East.
“Iran is critically important in the region,” said Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo in the Spanish capital city of Madrid on Tuesday, adding, “Iran exercises enormous influence in the Shia world and has ties with movements that operate in the region.”
The Spanish official also stated that finding a solution to Tehran’s nuclear energy program can pave the way for Iran’s more active participation in the anti-terror campaign.
“I hope that if a solution is found for the Iranian nuclear issue, Iran could join the fight” against Takfiri terrorism “which threatens all Muslims, be they Shia or Sunni,” he pointed out.
His comments came a day after EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called for a joint mission with Muslim countries to fight terrorism and extremism.
“I’ve always said it is not an issue between Europe or the West and Islam. Terrorism and terrorist attacks are targeting most of all Muslims in the world so we need an alliance, we need a dialogue there to face the issue together,” she said.
On January 7, gunmen affiliated with the Yemeni branch of the al-Qaeda terrorist group attacked the Paris office of the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people and wounding 11 others. The incident was followed by a series of sieges and shootings across France, resulting in the killing of more people and an extensive sense of insecurity in the country.
A week later, a counter-terrorism operation by the Belgian police left two people dead and another seriously injured in the eastern city of Verviers, raising alarm over the spreading radius of Takfiri terrorists’ operation across the globe.