Takfiris not linked to divine religions: Iran

Iran’s Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli has dismissed Takfiri claims of being divine religion followers, saying that the militant groups and Zionists are to blame for the acts of violence and extremism.

“All of the divine religions believe in peace, security and stability while Takfiris and Zionists are seeking to incite wars and instigate violence and extremism,” Rahmani Fazli said at a joint press conference with his Syrian counterpart Major General Mohammad al-Shaar in Damascus on Monday.

“The Islam that we have endorsed is a religion of unity, peace, security and fraternity but the Islam proclaimed by Wahhabis and Takfiris is after bloodletting, extremism and terrorism,” he added.

Pointing to Iran’s support for the Syrian nation and government, he described the Islamic Republic’s backing as “ideological and religious” in nature.

“Wherever the Muslim people are subjected to oppression, including in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq, we deem it our duty to defend the oppressed,” the Iranian minister pointed out.

He said Iran’s support for Syria has never been a secret, adding that Iran’s backing came upon the request of the government of the Arab country.

Elsewhere in the presser, Rahmani Fazli said the governments that are colluding with the US and the Israeli regime against Muslim nations “have no place among the Muslim people of the region and these measures and their support for Takfiri terrorists will be etched in the historical memory of nations.”

For his part, Shaar hailed Iran’s support for his country in the fight against Takfiri terrorism, saying the Syrians are pushing toward the final victory and have made a great many gains so far courtesy of various fields.

Syria has been plagued by foreign-backed militancy since 2011, in which more than 260,000 people have been killed. Millions of others have been also displaced in the war.

The US and its regional allies namely Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar are known as the main supporters of the militants fighting the Syrian government forces.