Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast says the West should be held accountable for supporting terrorist groups.
Mehmanparast made the comment in an exclusive interview with Press TV on the sidelines of the International Conference on the Global Fight against Terrorism on Saturday.
The Iranian official emphasized that some Western countries use terrorism and even fight against it as an instrument to gain access to certain regions, stating, “They first create terrorist groups, and then strengthen them by providing weapons in order to have permanent presence in other countries.”
“After the terrorist groups create insecurity in specific areas, the expansionist states invade those regions under the pretext of improving security and fighting terrorism,” he said.
He referred to Afghanistan as the prime victim of such policies, saying, “The United States invaded the country 10 years ago under the pretext of fighting al-Qaeda, but since then, tens of thousands of Afghan people have been killed; terrorism has gained momentum and Afghanis have lost what they had before.”
He went on to say that the United States has managed to establish permanent military bases in Afghanistan and is building on the opportunity to interfere in the affairs of the regional countries.
“Western states should be held accountable because they have been supporting terrorists and have turned their territories to safe havens for such groups,” he concluded.