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Araqchi urges end to providing ISIL with arms

The Takfiri threat ends when those backing the ISIL terrorists stop their support for them, says Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi.

The regional and international supporters of the groups should stop arming them, otherwise the anti- ISIL campaign will fail, Araqchi said at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council in New York on Friday.

“A successful fight against the ISIL requires engaging all regional states and international actors to deny extremists access to funds, recruits and other wherewithal that they use to spread terror across the region and beyond,” Araqchi said.

He added that the ground for the emergence of extremist groups had been prepared by the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Fighting against the ISIL should “include resolute actions to putting an end to moral and financial support for extremists coming from some cartels within certain countries in the region,” he noted.

“This is important especially in the light of the fact that groups such as the ISIL won’t be uprooted only by airstrikes.”

Araqchi said the ISIL, which is supported by certain Western countries, has now turned into a monster that even threatens its creators.

The deputy foreign minister also criticized attempts to undermine the Syrian government and other regional players in their fight against the ISIL.

The Takfiri terrorists currently control parts of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Izadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.

The Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — are reportedly supporting the militants operating inside Syria and Iraq.

The terrorist group has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.


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