Iran’s Larijani raps support for terrorism

Iran’s Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani has criticized certain regional countries for implicitly backing terrorist groups, saying their support has led to the spread of terrorism.

Speaking in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf on Tuesday, Larijani said some countries in the region, however, sided with the Iraqi people and expressed their opposition to terrorist groups.

“That many regional countries have realized the region’s sensitivities and the danger of terrorism over the past year is considered a step forward,” the Iranian parliament speaker said.

However, he called for more consultation among regional states on the issue of terrorism.

He also said that the main solution to the scourge of terrorism is collective cooperation and the support of Muslim states for the Iraqi government.

Larijani, who arrived in Iraq on the last leg of a regional three-country tour early Tuesday, noted that his trip is aimed at exchanging views with the senior officials of the country on the expansion of Tehran-Baghdad relations and leading developments in the Middle East, particularly terrorism.

Iraq is facing a terror campaign by Takfiri ISIL militants, who control some parts of Syria and Iraq and are engaged in crimes against humanity in the areas under their control. They have terrorized and killed people of all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.

The Iranian Majlis speaker kicked off his regional tour on Sunday and paid visits to Syria and Lebanon.