TEHRAN – British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Sunday that Britain may cooperate with Iran to deal with the threat posed to international security by Islamic State militants.
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Cameron disclosed that Britain is looking at leading talks with Iran to control the destabilizing threat of Islamic State fighters in the region.
He said Britain has to “work with countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the UAE, Egypt and Turkey and perhaps even with Iran” against this “shared threat”.
“I want Britain to play a leading role in this diplomatic effort,” he said.
In June, Islamic State militants launched a massive armed campaign in northern Iraq and captured the city of Mosul. Since then, the IS has seized large swathes of land in Iraq and Syria and forced hundreds of thousands to flee for their lives as it tries to build a caliphate across national borders.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Cameron said that the West is embroiled in a struggle against a poisonous brand of extremism that will bring terror to the streets of Britain unless urgent action is taken to defeat it.
He also said that the world cannot turn a blind eye to the creation of an extremist caliphate in the heart of Iraq.
He added that if these “warped and barbaric” extremists are not dealt with now, they will create a “terrorist state” on the shores of the Mediterranean.
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