Iran’s president expressed alarm at threats facing the European countries whose nationals would return home after fighting alongside the foreign-backed insurgents in Syria.
A considerable number of the terrorists in the regional countries, specifically those fighting against the Syrian government, come from Europe, President Hassan Rouhani said in a Monday meeting with President of Slovenia’s National Assembly Janko Veber in Tehran.
He said once the regional nations overcome the terrorist groups, the European nationals involved in terror activities, will naturally return to their own countries, and this in turn, will spell a major threat to the Western nations.
The Iranian president also likened terrorism to a virus that can spread from one area to another if not treated properly
Rouhani referred to “lack of security and spread of violence and terrorism” as the serious challenges facing the region and the world, and underlined, “The whole countries should avert the spread of violence and terrorism through cooperation.”
The visiting Slovenian lawmaker, for his part, emphasized the necessity for promotion of peace and global fighting against terrorism, stressing that combating terrorism requires concerted efforts and cooperation among world countries.
Iranian officials have repeatedly called for joint efforts by the whole nations in order to root out terrorism and establish peace in the world.
In December last year, the UN General Assembly approved a proposal presented by President Rouhani for a World Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE).
Wave Act asks the United Nations member states to unite against extremism, violence and sectarian conflicts in all their forms.
The resolution, which received overwhelming approval in the global body, also necessitates “appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace and to achieve international cooperation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character.”