US intervention ‘major challenge’ warns Iranian foreign minister

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January 8, 2018 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos

TEHRAN, Iran – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned West Asia is undergoing one of its most difficult times during a speech at the 2nd Tehran Security Conference on Monday. 

“The policies of the US and its intervention in the region have been the major challenge that fueled current crises and made them more complicated. The US continues to ignore the concrete realities in the region, and persists in its destabilising and destructive policies, such as maintaining its illegal military presence in Syria,” Zarif said.

“Extremism which pushed the region into one of its most difficult and devastating periods is facing eradication, and IS, the most terrible instance of extremism in the region, has fallen into steep decline in terms of its military forces. IS’ self-proclaimed caliphate that rose to power through fear-mongering has also been destroyed,” Zarif continued.

“The Syrian and Iraqi people and governments opposed IS bravely for the last 6 years and achieved numerous victories, and we are glad that we supported the nations of these two countries under said conditions,” Zarif concluded.

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