Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 15
By Umid Niayesh- Trend:
Iran's Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Mohsen Pak Ayeen says that the anti-IS (Islamic State or ISIL) coalition purposefully deceives the world's public opinion
Pak Ayeen accused the U.S. of supporting the IS in an interview to Trend on Sept. 15, saying "the Congress of the United States already had approved several financial aids to ISIL and other Takfiri groups."
"The coalition is supposed to be fighting a group that the U.S. itself has created, and has the leading role in its arming and supplying financial support for it," the ambassador said.
Pak Ayeen rejected Iran's possible participation in the coalition, saying "the United states is not sincere in fighting terrorism."
The ambassador also accused the U.S. of holding meetings for show, referring the international conference for anti-IS coalition which was held on Sept. 15 in Paris.
"Iran is the true anti-terrorism country and it is natural that it does not attend such shows," he stressed.
Pak Ayeen said that the Iraqi and Syrian governments have been seriously fighting against terrorism in recent years, adding the two countries should take the leadership of a global coalition to combat the IS.
The ambassador went on to say that the U.S. and its allies seek to create more intrigue in Iraq and Syria.
"Fighting the ISIL is just an excuse to create Shiite - Sunni war as well as ethnic and tribal conflicts among the Muslims of the region," he added.
The U.S. is forming a coalition consisting of up to 40 countries to fight the IS, meanwhile the Syrian government and its ally the Islamic Republic were excluded from the international anti-IS efforts in Syria.
The U.S. President Barack Obama has announced his new strategy for fighting the IS militants in Syria and Iraq. The new strategy includes supporting the Syrian opposition which also fights with the IS, as well as carrying out airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.
Iranian officials have repeatedly cast doubt on the sincerity of the U.S.-led coalition.
Edited by CN