Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has cast doubt on the sincerity of the coalition to fight terrorism, saying it is a "joke" that the countries which have supported and financed militant groups now seek to fight terrorism.
"It is a joke that the countries which trained, equipped and financed terrorist groups now suddenly seek to fight these terrorist groups," Rouhani said in a meeting with Slovak Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Miroslav Lajcak in Tehran, Iran's Press TV reported Sept. 16.
Rouhani expressed concern about growing terrorism in the Middle East, including Syria and Iraq, and called on all countries to adopt a unified approach to uproot terrorism.
The Slovak official, for his part, called for consultations between Bratislava and Tehran on serious security issues in the world to find a way out of the problems.
Slovakia supports Iran's status as a regional and international player, he said, noting all countries, particularly Iran, should use their potentials in favor of the campaign against terrorism.
Paris hosted a conference, dubbed the International Conference on Peace and Security in Iraq, on Sept. 15 to discuss ways of tackling the IS (Islamic State) in Iraq and Syria amid US efforts to form an international coalition to battle the group.
Foreign ministers from the main European states, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, Iraq's neighbors and Arab states of Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the UAE attended the one-day conference, Meanwhile the Syrian government and its ally the Islamic Republic were excluded from the international anti-IS efforts.