Mohammad Javad Zarif says the US allies in the region have brainwashed, financed and armed groups such as al-Qaeda, the Taliban and Daesh.
Iran Blames "US’s Allies" For Supporting Taliban, Daesh
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has blamed some countries for supporting al-Qaeda, the Taliban and Daesh, saying that the groups are being financed and nurtured by US’s allies in the region.
“Despite that haunting experience, we still spend a fraction of countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on defense and our missiles have a shorter range than those of Saudi Arabia. And unlike US allies in the region who have brainwashed, financed and armed groups such as al-Qaeda, the Taliban and the ISIS, we have been pivotal in defeating these extremist thugs,” Zarif said in a video message on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Zarif criticized US President Donald Trump's threat to withdraw from the nuclear deal, saying Iran will not "renegotiate or add onto" the atomic accord.
The five-minute video shows Zarif behind his desk, delivering his message on the deal.
“Let me make it absolutely clear once and for all: We will neither outsource our security nor will we renegotiate or add on to a deal we have already implemented in good faith,” he said.
Zarif also appeared to troll Trump as well, saying: "To put it in real-estate terms, when you buy a house and move your family in it or demolish it to build a skyscraper, you cannot come back two years later and renegotiate the price."
On Thursday, Iran’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Reza Bahrami said the Iranian government has shared information with Kabul on Daesh’s infiltration into Afghanistan.
He made the remarks at a research briefing on “the perception of Afghanistan’s elites from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan” at the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies in Kabul.
Bahrami did not elaborate on how the group infiltrated Afghanistan but said an increase in Daesh activities in Afghanistan is a common concern for the two countries.
“One part of confidential information by security services about details of the transfer of some members of Daesh from other areas into Afghanistan were given to security systems of Afghanistan,” Bahrami said.