Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has described terrorism as a threat against humanity and called for collective effort to eliminate the scourge.
“Terrorists are fighting against civilizations and humanity; and murdering either Christians or Muslims makes no difference for them,” Rouhani said at a Monday meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan in Tehran.
“Iran and Armenia along with other regional countries should join hands to fight against terrorism, because security can be established in the region under the aegis of cooperation,” he added.
The remarks come as ISIL terrorists have been wreaking havoc in the Middle East in recent months.
The ISIL terrorists, initially trained and sponsored by some regional and extra-regional countries to destabilize the Syrian government, control large parts of Syria’s northern territory. ISIL sent its militants into Iraq in June, quickly seizing a vast expanse of land straddling the border between the two countries.
The ISIL terrorists have threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and Izadi Kurds, in Iraq and Syria. They have been committing heinous crimes in the areas they have taken, including the mass execution of civilians as well as Iraqi and Syrian army troops and officers.
Rouhani warned that the ramifications of terrorism in one country can spill over into other states and noted, “The Islamic Republic of Iran supports political and peaceful solutions within the framework of international laws for resolving the regional issues.”
The Iranian president also underlined the need to use all the existing potentials to expand Iran-Armenia relations and praised the two countries’ cooperation on different international issues and Yerevan’s positive stance toward Tehran.
Abrahamyan, for his part, praised the historic Tehran-Yerevan relations and expressed Armenia’s preparedness to cooperate with Iran in different political and economic arenas.