Iran’s ambassador to Lebanon says terrorism and extremism in the region could be uprooted if all types of support for the terrorist groups are cut off.
“If there is real determination to annihilate terrorism and extremism in the region, the first step should be to dry up all types of financial, military, security and logistic assistance for the Takfiri terrorist groups,” Mohammad Fat’hali told reporters on Wednesday.
The Iranian envoy made the remarks after a meeting with Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Basil in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, where the two officials discussed the latest developments in the region as well as ways to expand bilateral ties between the two countries.
Iran was the first country that warned against the threats posed by Takfiri terrorists to the region and has taken measures to counter this phenomenon before any country, he said.
The Iranian official further expressed hope that the regional countries could weather the challenges they are currently facing and restore security to the region.
Fat’hali further said that Iran and Lebanon have see eye to eye on many regional issues and are determined to counter Takfiri terrorists.
In recent years, several countries in the region, including Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Pakistan and Afghanistan have become the scene of atrocious crimes against humanity by Takfiri terrorist groups.
The ISIL terrorists control large parts of Syria’s east and north. ISIL also sent its Takfiri militants into Iraq in June, seizing large swathes of land straddling the border between Syria and Iraq.
The Takfiri terrorist group has committed heinous crimes and threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and Izadi Kurds, during its advances.
The US along with its Western and regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — is reportedly supporting militants operating inside Syria.