|Mideast countries will defeat European terrorists operating in region: Rouhani||
TEHRAN – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that a remarkable number of terrorists operating in regional countries, and especially in Syria, are citizens of European countries, but regional countries will defeat them.
Rouhani made the remarks during a meeting with Slovenian Parliament Speaker Janko Veber in Tehran on Sunday.
When European citizens who are active in terrorist groups in the region are defeated, they will return to their home countries and pose a threat to the West, he added.
Terrorism must be uprooted, he said, adding that the UN General Assembly’s approval of Iran’s proposal about combating terrorism shows that the entire world is united in the campaign against violence and terrorism.
During his address at the 68th session of the UN General Assembly in September 2013, Rouhani called for a “world against violence and extremism.”
In December, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the proposal, entitled The World against Violence and Extremism (WAVE).
Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani said that the policy of his government is based on establishing close relations with countries that have common interests with Iran.
Iran and Slovenia have had good relations so far, and there is no impediment to the expansion of their ties, he added.
He described parliamentary relations as a vehicle for bringing countries closer together and stated that the ratification of certain laws and regulations by the two countries’ parliaments can help facilitate the expansion of Iran-Slovenia ties.
Rouhani also emphasized the need to expand cooperation among all nations to stop the rise in terrorism and violence.
Veber said Iran has an important status in the region, and Slovenia believes the expansion of its ties with Iran expands its relations with the entire Middle East.
He added that all countries should cooperate in the campaign against terrorism.
The Slovenian parliament speaker arrived in Iran on May 10.
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