West dual policies fuel terrorism: Iran speaker

Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has described terrorism as a significant challenge, saying the double standards by hegemonic countries have encouraged the scourge.

“The global powers’ double standards have encouraged and boosted terrorism and extremism,” Larijani said in a meeting with Milorad Pupovac, the chairperson of Croatian parliament’s foreign policy committee and president of the Serb National Council, in Tehran on Tuesday. Larijani said that Croatia can play a significant role in the establishment of peace and stability in the Balkans, adding that Iran supports the European country’s efforts in this regard. The top Iranian lawmaker also touched on relations between Tehran-Zagreb and said there were numerous political and economic grounds of cooperation which both countries could tap into for further developing their bilateral ties. Pupovac, for his part, highlighted Iran’s role in fighting terrorism, saying the Islamic Republic is a key country in the Middle East which can significantly contribute to the establishment of peace in volatile parts of the region and the world. He also expressed hope that talks between Iran and the P5+1 group over Tehran’s nuclear energy program would lead to a mutually agreeable result. Last week, Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain - plus Germany held a new round of expert-level nuclear talks in the Austrian capital of Vienna. Experts from Iran and the six countries are working to hammer out a comprehensive deal following a landmark nuclear accord reached in the Swiss city of Geneva last November. The Geneva deal took effect on January 20. The next round of the high-level talks between Iran and the P5+1 is to be held in Vienna on March 17.