US Presence In Region Exacerbates Terrorism Crisis — Iranian President

SHAFAQNA – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has denounced the Islamic State (IS) group for its brutality and said US presence in the region has “exacerbated the terrorism crisis since 2001”. Rouhani made the remarks in an exclusive interview with NBC news channel, Iran’s Mehr News Agency (MNA) reported. “The US-led coalition against IS is not a serious movement. The US has been present in the region since 2001 to fight terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan, it did not resolve terrorism issues but made crises even worse,” he said. On IS’s beheading of American citizens James Foley and Steven Sotloff and British David Haines, Rouhani said the rebels’ actions were opposite to Islamic tenets. “From the point of view of Islam, killing an innocent person equals the killing of the whole humanity. The killing and beheading of innocent people is a matter of shame for IS and a matter of concern and sorrow for humanity,” he said.

The president said that Iran would provide Iraq any support to fight IS, “but holy shrines in Iraq should be protected.” On this week’s nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group, Rouhani said negotiations could lead to a resolution. Iranian nuclear negotiators arrived in New York on Tuesday for the talks on Iran’s nuclear programme that began Friday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

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