Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani questioned the goals pursued by the US-led anti-ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) coalition, and said Washington seeks to violate the regional countries’ sovereignty.
“The US attempts to create an anti-terrorism coalition in collaboration with certain states which are themselves the main suppliers of the terrorists are suspicious and lack transparency,” Shamkhani said, addressing a gathering of Iranian clerics in the Central city of Qom on Saturday.
“The US seeks to continue its unilateralism and violate the countries’ sovereignty under the pretext of fighting terrorism,” he added.
Shamkhani underlined that Washington is also attempting to distract the world attention from the pivotal role that the US and its allies have played in the establishment, equipment and development of the terrorist groups under the pretext of overthrowing the legal government in Syria.
NATO heads of state convened in the Welsh city of Newport on 4-5 September. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told foreign and defense ministers participating in the NATO summit that the US was forming a broad international coalition against ISIL.
Ministers from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Poland and Denmark met in Wales to hammer out a strategy for battling ISIL, but the policy was questioned by many regional officials and political leaders.