SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says his country is attempting to convince both Iran and Turkey to join the coalition against the Takfiri ISIL militants.
In an interview with German Tagesspiegel daily, Steinmeier added that longstanding animosities in the Middle East should be solved as an effort to ensure a united front against the ISIL terrorist group, Press TV reported.
“We are trying to convince the Arab countries, Turkey and Iran that it is necessary to work together against IS (ISIL),” the German foreign minister said, urging Ankara to fight the ISIL militant with “full force.”
Steinmeier’s remarks came after more than 20,000 Kurds staged a protest rally in the west German city of Dusseldorf on Saturday against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists’ attacks in Syria.
Police said the protest was called by several Kurdish organizations to censure assaults by the ISIL militants on Kurdish towns in Syria, particularly the besiegement of the town of Kobani.
The United Nations’ envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, warned on Friday that thousands of people “will most likely be massacred” if Kobani falls into the hands of the ISIL Takfiri militants.
The United States and its allies have been launching airstrikes against the ISIL terrorist group in Syria since September. The US has been also carrying out similar air raids against ISIL positions in Iraq since August.
Turkey has so far refused to join the US-led coalition, saying Washington must first commit to the overthrow of the government Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Iran, meanwhile, has provided military aid to the Iraqi Kurds in the fight against ISIL, but has stressed that it will not join the US-led coalition as it does not trust the motives of its members.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on September 15 cast doubt on the sincerity of the so-called coalition to fight terrorism, saying it is a “joke” that the countries which have supported and financed militant groups now seek to fight terrorism.