Iran FM: Tehran Conference Aims to Study Root Causes of Terrorism

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said the current International Conference on the Global Fight against Terrorism in Tehran aims to study and discuss the root causes of terrorism.

"One of the major issues to be discussed in this conference will be the roots of terrorism… because when the roots are identified, it will be easier to fight the phenomenon," Salehi said on the sidelines of the International Conference on the Global Fight against Terrorism, which kicked off in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Saturday.

We hope to gain good results from the series of speeches that were made today and from those that will be made tomorrow," he said, adding that the Iran's initiative to hold the conference will be a stable one.

Salehi added that Iraq's President Jalal Talabani has expressed readiness to host the next summit on terrorism in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

"During the summit, a decision was made to establish a permanent secretariat in Iran to fight the evil phenomenon of terrorism," Salehi concluded.

The two-day conference on terrorism officially started work here in Tehran on Saturday with several high-ranking officials and international figures in attendance.

The event has brought together senior officials from at least 60 countries, and representatives from several international organizations, including the UN.

The topics being discussed in the two-day summit include various aspects of fighting terrorism, reasons behind the increasing trend of terrorist activities in the world, challenges and obstacles in the way of fighting terrorism, and enhancing appropriate counter-terrorism means and strategies on bilateral, regional and international levels.