Zarif calls for collective action against extremism

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iran
Tuesday, 14 June 2016


Zarif made the remark in a joint press conference with European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini and Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

He said that campaign against extremism might have a military dimension as well. So that campaign against the phenomenon needs more options and common strategy is needed.

He said that the international community should cut ways to attract manpower and the financial assistance and supply routes.
'Of course, that's the Iraqi and Syrian party which should find a diplomatic solution and we cannot dictate anything to them but we can help them with diplomatic initiatives.

He expressed deep concern about the humanitarian crisis created by the extremist groups in Syria and Iraq and underlined humanitarian assistance to people within framework of joint cooperation.

He termed the nuclear deal a 'win-win agreement'.

'The nuclear agreement is win-win in nature. Regardless of the weak or strong points of the JCPOA. The US has announced that sanctions have been lifted on paper, but, the psychology of sanctions is still in place with the US administration. The US Administration need to take initiatives to overcome the psychology of sanctions in Washington.'

He said he held talks with the EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini and he will raise the matter with the US Secretary of State Johh Kerry on Wednesday.

'The US State Department undertook as per the Brussels statement on November 14, 2014 that it is committed to lifting the sanctions. So that the Iranian people must see how the JCPOA implementation in being done.'

Underlining that Iran rejects extremism on part of any person or group, Zarif said, 'Military action is dangerous and it will entail grave and devastating consequences. That will not be restricted to a single region. It requires collective action.'

He said that the United Nations General Assembly designated the year 2013 as the year of World Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE) upon a proposal from President Hassan Rouhani.

Zarif said Iran opposes military action which takes tolls on innocent civilians.

'All should admit that military solution will have no result and all should eliminate the illusion of military solution.'

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