17 Jun 2024
Wednesday 31 August 2016 - 22:42
Story Code : 229519

Tehran rejects UKs anti-Iran claims as 'unrealistic'

Iran has rejectedallegations made by the UK that Tehranis fomenting tension in the Middle East, reaffirming the Islamic Republics steadfast policy to fight terrorism and contribute to peace.

In a recent interview with the Daily Mail, a UK Foreign Office spokesman accused Iran of "fostering instability in the Middle East," including in Syria.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Bahram Qassemi, described the remarks by the UK official as unrealistic and improper, saying "Britain is expected to be "well aware of Irans place in the Middle East and the situation in the region."
As a victim of terrorism, Iran has always been in the forefront of the fight against extremism and terrorism, he added.
Qassemi went on to say that Iran has never categorized "the ominous phenomenon" ofterrorism into good or bad types, adding that the Islamic Republic would remain steadfast in fighting terrorism.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is doing its utmost to help [establish] peace, stability and security in the region,"Qassemi noted, adding that "Iran has an advisory presence inSyria at the request of the legal government of Syria.

The Iranian official called on Western countries to avoid paying lip service to fighting terrorism and take practical measures instead.

Iran has been providing advisory assistance to Syria upona request by the Damascus government to help the Arab country in the fight against terrorism.

Syria has been hit by foreign-backed militancy for more than five years.

According to United Nations Special Envoy for SyriaStaffan de Mistura, more than 400,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the conflict in the Arab country.

By Press TV

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