Iran’s Jalili says U.S. backs terrorism, opposes democracy in region

The secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council has said that the two main principles of the United States policy toward the region are to support terrorism and oppose democracy.

Saeed Jalili made the remarks during a meeting with Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Ershad Ahmadi in Tehran on Tuesday.

Ahmadi arrived in Tehran on Monday to participate in the meeting of the Iran-Afghanistan political consultative committee.

“It has been proved to the international community, particularly the regional people from Afghanistan to Egypt, that the U.S. claims that it is opposed to terrorism and favors democracy are false,” Jalili said, adding, “Supporting terrorism and opposing democracy are the two main pillars of the U.S. policy toward the region.”

“We have always told regional countries that the United States cannot be trusted. U.S. policies toward the region have proved to be against the unity, stability, and progress of the Muslim world,” he said.

Elsewhere in his remarks, he pointed to cultural affinities between Iranian and Afghan nations and underlined the need for the expansion of relations between the two countries.

The Afghan official, for his part, thanked the Iranian government and people for supporting the Afghan people during hard times and expressed hope that cooperation between Tehran and Kabul in political and economic spheres would be enhanced.