Iran’s VP decries double-standards on victims of terrorism

Despicable acts of terrorism jeopardize security no matter where in the world people are targeted, Iran’s First Vice-President Es'haq Jahangiri said, deploring the discriminatory stances on victims of terrorism in the Middle East and Europe.

Addressing a cultural ceremony in Tehran on Sunday, Mr. Jahangiri said the “bitter, worrying and despicable” acts of terrorism in different parts of the world pose a threat to the global peace and security.

The vice president underlined that battling terrorism requires firm determination, international coordination, as well as serious, not selective, action.

Making a reference to the world’s reaction to recent terrorist attacks in Paris and the flood of condolences and condemnation, Jahangiri deplored a lack of voices of protests when similar terrorist attacks claim scores of lives in Iraq, Syria or Lebanon.

His comments came after a string of terrorist attacks killed at least 129 people and wounded dozens of others in Paris on Friday night when gunmen and suicide bombers attacked restaurants, a concert hall and a sports stadium at six different locations across the French capital.

While the deaths in Paris drew global condemnation, not many voices of protest were raised when deadly terrorist bombings rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut only one day earlier.

At least 43 people were killed and more than 200 others injured after two explosions struck the General Security Post in Hussaineya Street in Borj al-Barajneh neighborhood, southern Beirut, on Thursday.

The ISIL terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks in both Beirut and Paris.