Terrorism will spill beyond Mideast if not confronted: Rouhani

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has warned that if not confronted seriously, terrorism will spread from the Middle East region to the entire world.

In a meeting with Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders, in Tehran on Monday, Rouhani called for a collective fight against terrorism and violence.

“Today, violence and extremism have engulfed a large part of the Middle East region, and if these phenomena are not confronted seriously, the consequences of violence and terrorism will not definitely be confined to this region and will also spread to other areas in the world,” the Iranian president said.

He added that Iran has properly played its role in fighting terrorism and urged all countries to give priority to the campaign against the common threat of terror.

Rouhani emphasized the importance of strengthening cooperation between Iran and the European Union in the fight against terrorism and expressed hope that collective cooperation would restore stability and security to the region.

The Iranian president further pointed to “cordial and constructive” relations between Iran and Belgium and said the two countries should improve relations in different fields such as in economic, industrial, energy, scientific, academic, research and tourism sectors.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran, due to its very important geopolitical and geoeconomical position, can be a center to organize and expand economic ties of Belgium and the European Union with the entire region and a timely use of this opportunity will be beneficial to our nations,” Rouhani said.

The Belgian foreign minister, for his part, said his country attaches significance to serious and collective fight against terrorism.

Reynders added that Iran plays an effective role in settling regional problems and called for political solutions to the crises in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Libya.