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Global action key to fight against terror: Rafsanjani

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Chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (R) and President of the Belgian Senate Christine Defraigne meet in Tehran on April 30, 2016. © IRNA

Chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani says terrorists pose a “global threat,” urging a fundamental international fight against terrorism.

In a meeting with the visiting President of the Belgian Senate, Christine Defraigne, in Tehran on Saturday, Rafsanjani warned against the access of terrorist groups to chemical weapons.

“These terrorist groups are present in some areas in Africa and Asia and it is not unlikely that they also strengthen their presence and forces in industrialized countries,” the senior Iranian cleric said.

He added that Iran has been a victim of terrorism and said the country currently enjoys security due to its combat against terrorist groups.

Rafsanjani noted that Iran is ready to share its experience on the campaign against terrorism with the international community.

The Iranian cleric also emphasized the importance of improving relations between Iran and Belgium given their great capacities.

“Iran has no limitation to cooperate with member states of the European Union, particularly Belgium,” he said.

Necessity for enhanced Tehran-Brussels ties

The Belgian president of the Senate, for her part, said Tehran and Brussels must bolster relations in all fields.

Defraigne said signatories to international agreements must remain faithful to their commitments. Belgium, she added, would ask the United States to fulfill its obligations under the nuclear agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in July 2015.

She said the JCPOA should yield tangible results, adding that Belgium would make efforts to remove obstacles in the way of the JCPOA implementation.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia – plus Germany started implementing the JCPOA on January 16. The two sides signed the agreement on July 14, 2015 following two and a half years of intensive talks.

Under the JCPOA, all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran by the European Union, the UN Security Council and the US would be lifted. Iran has, in return, put some limitations on its nuclear activities.

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