Nov 28, 2021 16:55 UTC
  • President Raeisi: Regional problems must be solved by regional countries

President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi says regional problems must only be solved by regional countries, emphasizing that presence of foreign parties does not help resolve such problems in any way.

According to Press TV, he made the remarks in a Sunday meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the sidelines of the 15th Summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) in Turkmenistan’s capital city of Ashgabat.

“Regional problems must be solved by countries in the region, because presence and interference of foreigners cannot help solve these problems, but further complicate the situation,” the president said.

The chief executive then expressed concern over the presence of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in Afghanistan and the deterioration of security in the war-ravaged country.

“Terrorist groups have not only created insecurity in Afghanistan, but are also threatening security of the region. Therefore, we must not allow terrorist groups such as Daesh and the PKK (the Kurdistan Workers' Party) to endanger security of regional states,” President Raeisi added.

He noted that the Islamic Republic supports establishment of an inclusive government in Afghanistan and believes that all ethnic groups and people from all walks of life should have a part in determining the country's future.

Elsewhere in the meeting, Raeisi stressed the need to promote stability in Iraq and respect the country's territorial integrity, emphasizing that Iran supports a strong and popular Iraqi government.

The president stressed the importance of close cooperation among Iran, Azerbaijan and Turkey given the trio's numerous cultural and religious commonalities while urging the three countries to prevent any disruption in their relations and to disappoint common enemies by forging closer ties.

President Raeisi noted that Tehran and Ankara have great capacities to increase trade and economic ties, saying, “Iran and Turkey can take economic and political relations between the two countries closer to a strategic level by further boosting mutual trade and current exchanges.”

Erdogan, for his part, said Turkey attaches importance to the expansion of bilateral and regional cooperation with Iran, adding that the two countries can boost relations, particularly in the economic sector.

The Turkish president expressed concern over the current circumstances in Afghanistan, saying that the White House has trained and is arming all terrorist groups in the region, including Daesh and the PKK, and provides them with terrorist equipment in order to cause insecurity across the region.

He also emphasized that cooperation among all regional states was requisite for the establishment of peace in the region.

Raeisi: US presence in Afghanistan only led to murder and destruction

In another Sunday meeting with his Tajik counterpart, Emomali Rahmon, Iran’s president said the two-decade presence of US forces in Afghanistan had no other outcome for the Afghan nation but murder and destruction.

“Americans were present in Afghanistan for two decades, but its result for the country was nothing except murder and destruction,” the president added.

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi (R) and his Tajik counterpart, Emomali Rahmon, meet in Turkmenistan’s capital of Ashgabat on November 28, 2021. (Photo by

Describing Daesh as a terrorist group, President Raeisi noted that Daesh is responsible for creating insecurity in the region.

"Daesh carries out massacres in the region on behalf of Americans. Cooperation between us will be beneficial to security of the region and Afghanistan and is important from this viewpoint," Iran's president told his Tajik counterpart.

Raeisi said Iran pursues a “clear” line on Afghanistan, adding, “The Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes establishment of a real broad-based government in Afghanistan, which would represent all the Afghan people as well as ethnic and political groups.”

He added that "very good" relations between Iran and Tajikistan would continue in commercial, cultural and economic sectors.

“The current level of [bilateral] exchanges is not convincing and the extent of relations can be multiplied by taking good advantage of the existing capacities between the two countries,” the president said.

The Tajik president, for his part, pointed to worrisome developments in Afghanistan, saying that insecurity in the war-hit country is detrimental to the regional and neighboring states.

Rahmon called for collective efforts to help the Afghan people and different groups of the country live in peaceful co-existence.