Iran's top official says Tehran ready to work with UN in fight against ISIL

Politics Materials 20 October 2014 16:42 (UTC +04:00)

Tehran, Iran, Oct. 20

By Milad Fashtami - Trend:

The Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said that Tehran is ready to cooperate with the United Nations in fight against ISIL terrorist group.

According to Shamkhani, Iran considers the UN as the only legitimate authority in this regard, Iran's IRNA News Agency reported October 20.

"The western and regional countries' decision to arm the Syrian opposition have been the main obstacle preventing peace and security in the country," he explained.

"Iran will continue countering terrorist groups to establish stability in the region," he said.

Shamkhani made the remarks in a meeting with UN special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura in Tehran on October 20.

Mistura, for his part, said the humanitarian crises was deepening in Syria's border towns.

"All influential countries in the region should be involved in the battle against terrorism," he said.

"Political solution is the best way to resolve the Syrian crisis and counter the threat imposed by ISIL terrorists," he said.

The terrorist organization known as the 'Islamic State' (IS, formerly ISIL or ISIS) was created in 2003 in Iraq. Between 2004 and 2006, the organization was led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and consisted of 11 radical Islamist groups, which had close ties to the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda.

Following the start of military confrontation in Syria in 2013 between the armed opposition and the government forces, the IS penetrated the country. The organization said at the time it refuses to take the oath of Al-Qaeda and declared 'a holy war' against all groups in Iraq and Syria, as well as the Syrian government forces.