‘US relocating terrorists from Mideast to Central Asia’
President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that Iran will continue its role in resolving regional issues as part of its efforts to thwart plots against the Middle East.
“World powers, especially the US, have always sought to hatch plots against the peoples of the region,” Rouhani told Ammar al-Hakim, the leader of Iraq’s National Wisdom Movement, adding, “Iran is ready to continue its role in resolving regional problems and promoting dialogue and cooperation among regional countries.”
Rouhani noted that Iran and Iraq should strive to “carry out their responsibilities toward the peoples of their countries.”
Hakim said Iraq has been able to overcome great challenges and get on the track of reconstruction and development.
He said boosting ties and cooperation with Iran can help Iraq speed up the process of development.
Rouhani, accompanied by a high-ranking political and economic delegation, is on a three-day official visit to Iraq. On Monday, he held talks with his Iraqi counterpart Barham Salih and Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi.
The two presidents oversaw the signing of several economic deals on energy, trade, health, industry, and the construction of a railway linking the southern Iraqi oil city of Basra and the Iranian border town of Shalamcheh.
Most importantly, private companies earned a real feather to their cap as the two sides agreed on measures to make it easier for businessmen and investors to obtain visas.
Earlier on Tuesday, Rouhani sat down with Iraqi National Security Adviser Falih Alfayyadh, Nouri al-Maliki, leader of the Islamic Dawa Party, and former Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi.
During the meeting with Abadi, the Iranian president expressed his satisfaction with growing bilateral relations and called for boosting cooperation in the fields of trade, economy and higher education.
Abadi highlighted the importance of Rouhani’s trip and hailed close cooperation between the two neighbors in the fight against terrorism over the past years.
All Iraqi parties and politicians support enhancing ties with Iran, he said, noting that no factor could damage the strategic relations.
US relocation of terrorists
Rouhani also addressed a gathering of Iraqi elites in Baghdad where he said the fight against terrorism is not over yet despite the collapse of the Daesh terror group in Iraq and Syria as the US is now relocating the Takfiri terrorists from the Middle East to Afghanistan, Central Asia and the Caucasus.
He said the hegemonic powers had brought Daesh and other terrorists to the region in an attempt to sow discord among its countries, nations, tribes and religions so they could justify their illegitimate presence in the region, offer a violent picture of Islam and ultimately portray themselves as the “saviors.”
However, he added, the Iraqi and Syrian nations – along with the vigilant people of the region – foiled the plots hatched by the imperialist powers.
“Muslims in the region managed to let the world know that the terrorists are not true Muslims, and that Islam is the religion of justice, mercy and peaceful coexistence among all ethnicities and religions contrary to all the Islamophobic propaganda,” Rouhani said.
Regional nations, he said, showed the world that the global arrogance, itself, is the main sponsor of terrorists, adding, “It is clear where they (terrorists) receive financial and military support and how and in which markets they sell looted artifacts.
“We did not allow imperialist powers to present themselves as the region’s saviors and now everyone knows that the Western powers had no role in the destruction of terrorists in the region.
“It was, in fact, Iraq’s Army and people as well as its clerics’ fatwas that led to the elimination of terrorists there.”
The Iranian president warned, however, that the issue of terrorism still remains to be solved.
“Terrorists may still create problems for peoples of the region in different ways as the Americans have other dreams for the region and are transferring the terrorists to Afghanistan, Central Asia and the Caucasus,” Rouhani said.
Press TV and president.ir contributed to this story.