Terrorism knows no boundaries: Iran's Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned that terrorism knows no boundaries, urging an international campaign to be launched to eliminate this scourge.

“Today, it has been proved that terrorism will serve the interests of no country and it cannot be confined to a region as it is spreading like a dangerous disease,” Rouhani said in a meeting with Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn in Tehran on Wednesday.

Rouhani said certain countries are mistaken to think that they can use terrorist groups as a means to achieve their political ends, or that they can limit terrorism to a certain geographical region or some countries.

He added that some Western countries seem to lack serious determination to battle terrorism, adding that growing terrorist activities across the globe are indicative of the urgent need for taking firm action against terrorism.

Iran, as a victim of terrorism, is ready to cooperate with all countries and the European Union in the anti-terror campaign, Rouhani concluded.

Asselborn, for his part, said that all countries and nations shoulder the responsibility to combat terrorism, urging concerted international efforts in this regard. He also described Daesh, which is mainly operating in Iraq and Syria, as a menace to the entire international community.

Absolute need for anti-terror cooperation

Luxembourg’s foreign minister also held a press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday.

In the press conference, Zarif stressed that global cooperation against terrorism is an “unquestionable priority,” expressing hope that "serious and constructive" policies would be adopted to strengthen peace and security in the region.

Asselborn, for his part, described Iran as a “great nation” and a “key player,” saying that dialog with Tehran will further promote peace in the region, including Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

He welcomed the fact that Iran is playing a part in political processes aimed at finding solutions to regional conflicts, saying “effective countries” should help sustainable political solutions.

The Luxembourgian foreign minister also praised Tehran’s determination in the fight against Daesh, urging all players to avoid policies that could adversely affect the fight against the terrorist group.