TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Speaking at a gathering in Tehran on Tuesday, Rouhani congratulated Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, and expressed his gratitude to the armed forces and peoples of Iran, Iraq, Syria as well as Lebanon for their endeavors to set the stage for the ultimate victory over Daesh.
The extremist groups, Rouhani added, “have brought nothing but misery, destruction, massacre and barbarism” to the region.
Backed by popular groups and Iranian military advisors, armed forces in Iraq and Syria have managed to flush Daesh militants out of their last strongholds in both countries, declaring full victory over the notorious terror group.
The Iran chief executive lashed out at “global powers and certain reactionary states in the region” for funding and arming the Takfiri terrorist group.
“We never imagined that the criminals, supported by the West, Americans and the evil Zionist regime, would commit such crimes in the 21st century,” said the Iranian president.
Commenting on the agenda of the upcoming tripartite summit meeting on the Syria crisis in Russia’s Sochi, Rouhani said he would hold talks with his Russian and Turkish counterparts over the future of Syria and the region in the post-Daesh era.
Arab League ‘a worn-out body’
Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani slammed the Arab League’s double standards in addressing regional issues, particularly its silence on the Saudi crimes during its brutal war against Yemen.
On Sunday, the Arab League foreign ministers held an extraordinary general meeting in the Egyptian capital at the request of Saudi Arabia. At the end of the meeting, the participants issued a statement accusing Iran of interfering in the internal affairs of the countries in the region and pursuing aggressive policies against Arab states.
The Iranian president also called the pan-Arab bloc “old, worn-out, exhausted and ineffective,” saying the body convened in Cairo to express regret over a missile attack by Yemen’s Houthi fighters in response to Saudi-led massive campaign of airstrikes.
He lashed out at the Arab leaders for their failure to take action when Takfiri terrorists were committing crimes in Iraq and Syria.
The president also slammed the organization for not standing behind Lebanon when the country was fighting terrorist groups in the town of Arsal on the Syrian border.
Rouhani also accused the bloc of turning a blind eye to the ongoing Israeli aggression against Palestinians.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Monday dismissed the resolution as “worthless” and urged Saudi Arabia to “immediately end its savage aggression” against the Yemeni Arab people so that civilians, particularly women and children, would no longer be affected by the “flames of their spite.”