Foreign Takfiris in Syria threat to Europe: Iran MP

Syria MilitantsThe European militants who have travelled to join the Takfiri fight against Syria could pose a security threat to their own countries once they are back home, says a senior Iranian lawmaker.

In an interview with The Guardian published on Sunday, Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran’s Majlis Alaeddin Boroujerdi described the al-Qaeda-linked militants, who enjoy the financial and military support of some Arab states, as the main threat facing the Syrian nation.

The legislator added that the militants who have headed to Syria from Britain and other European states to fight against the government of President Bashar al-Assad could soon return home, stressing, “We are worried about the future security of Europe.”

He further touched upon the major victories gained by the Syrian army in its fight against foreign-backed terrorists, saying the American supporters of the Takfiri conflict in Syria have “lost it” and the Syrian government “will stay.”

In a similar interview with the British daily, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht-e-Ravanchi called on the international community to tackle the ongoing “extremism and turmoil” plaguing Syria.

The priority is to admit that the foreign-backed conflict in Syria has failed to achieve its goals and to restore stability to the Arab state before the upcoming presidential vote slated for June 3, he said.

“Those countries that are supplying extremist forces must stop helping them,” added the Iranian deputy foreign minister.

Takht-Ravanchi further hailed “good relations” between Iran and Syria, stressing that the Islamic Republic “has a diplomatic presence there. There is no unusual presence. We have no need to arm the Syrian government.”

Syria has been grappling with a bloody violence since March 2011. In late April, President Assad said the Takfiri war in his country has strongly shifted in favor of government forces.

The Syrian leader has also pledged that his country would strike terror “with an iron fist.”


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