Iranian President Hassan Rouhani blasted certain states for making an instrumental use of terrorist groups, stressing that such governments should be forced to give up this policy.
"It is deeply upsetting to see certain governments use terrorist groups as mere means towards ends," Rouhani said Sunday in a meeting with Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai in Tehran.
"The regional wave of violence, extremism and terrorism is spreading across the globe. It is past time for the world community to come together and fight terrorism head-on,” he added.
In relevant remarks earlier this month, President Rouhani in a meeting with former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder had said Tehran is ready to cooperate with nations that are serious about fighting terror.
He added, "Terrorism has created stability and security problems for the region, while other countries, including Germany, are also faced with the growing problem of the refugee crisis. Regional peace and stability is important to us and we are ready to use all our power to fight against terrorism as a global problem.”
Shroeder, for his part, stressed Iran's undeniable role in developing regional stability and peace.