Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 15
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian says that "strengthening Syrian and Iraqi governments is the best way for fighting the Islamic State (IS) group."
Amir Abdollahian made the remarks during a meeting with the visiting head of French parliament's Defense and Armed Forces Committee, Patricia Adam, Iran's ISNA news agency reported Sept. 15.
The Iranian senior diplomat also expressed suspicion of the U.S. anti-terrorism approach, calling it "wrong and selective".
"The United States and West's approach towards the terrorist groups such as IS has made them stronger," he said, adding the Iraqi and Syrian governments are the true fighters against the terrorism.
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