Feb 14, 2019 16:56 UTC
  • US, foreign powers support terror groups: President Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani has lashed out at Western states, especially the US, for throwing their support behind terror groups.

“Unfortunately, terror groups in the region have been supported by foreign powers, especially the United States, for years,” President Rouhani said in a meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Russia’s resort city of Sochi on Thursday, Press TV reported.

“Fighting terrorism requires collective cooperation,” added President Rouhani, describing the scourge to be among the worst predicaments facing the region.

The Sochi summit, hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin, is aimed at solidifying the three countries’ cooperation towards returning peace and stability to Syria.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the President hailed the fact that Tehran and Ankara shared a common will to fight terrorism and were cooperating in this regard.

“While we, in cooperation with Russia in Sochi, are taking a new step towards reinforcing stability in the region and fighting terrorism in Syria, some, who themselves, support terrorists, are plotting against our region in Warsaw,” President Rouhani noted.

He was referring to a so-called Middle East security summit, which was going through its final day in the Polish capital.

Major European countries have staged poor attendance in the conference in a sign of opposition to the US’s anti-Iran stance. Russia, Turkey, Qatar, Lebanon, and the Palestinian authority have totally shunned the event.

Erdogan, for his part, acknowledged that his country had likewise suffered at the hands of terrorists, asserting that Ankara would continue bilateral and regional cooperation with Tehran in battling terrorism.

He added that Turkey welcomed the creation of the INSTEX (Instrument for Supporting Trade Exchanges), which is a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) devised by Europe to facilitate trade with Iran. INSTEX is a non-dollar trade mechanism meant to protect trade ties with Tehran in the face of US sanctions.

Erdogan said Turkey was prepared for cooperation within the framework of INSTEX, which the UK, France, and Germany announced on January 31, and was ready to create a similar bilateral mechanism with Iran.