Shamkhani: Iran Will Never Join US Coalition in Battle against ISIS

Shamkhani: Iran Will Never Join US Coalition in Battle against ISIS
Thu Oct 29, 2015 20:59:54

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani reiterated that Iran will not join the US-led anti-ISIS coalition under any circumstances.

"Tehran will not cooperate with those countries that pretend to be fighting the terrorists," Shamkhani said in a joint press conference with Pakistani Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad on Wednesday.

The top security official reiterated the need for joint efforts between Tehran and Islamabad to confront the Takfiri terrorists, and said, "Poverty, underdevelopment and suppression of anti-imperialist tendencies of the youths by certain autocratic governments in the region have paved the ground for the ISIS and other terrorists groups to recruit militants."

He said that the prolonged and costly presence of the West under the pretext of establishing security in the region has had adverse effects.

Shamkhani arrived in Islamabad for a two-day official visit on Wednesday. The Iranian official has met with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, and newly appointed Pakistani National Security Adviser Nasir Khan Janjua to discuss bilateral ties, regional developments and the fight against terrorism; FNA reported.

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