MOSCOW, 22 Jul: Russia has voiced interest to team up with Iran to fight the Takfiri ISIL terrorists operating in the Middle East region.
“We can develop anti-terror cooperation with Iran, first of all, in the Middle East region,” Ilya Rogachev, the director of Department of New Challenges and Threats Issues of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said on Monday.
“The notorious international terrorist organization as Islamic State (ISIL) can be and has to be the object of our cooperation with Iran,” the Russian official said.
According to Press TV: The ISIL group has been wreaking havoc in the Middle Eastern countries of Syria and Iraq. The i group has also expanded its roots in the African countries of Egypt and Libya. The terrorist group also poses a threat to western countries.
On July 14, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the conclusion of Iran’s nuclear talks with world powers has paved the way for a “broad” coalition to battle the ISIL terrorist group.
“It removes the barriers – largely artificial – on the way to a broad coalition to fight” ISIL and other terrorist groups, said Lavrov.
Following the recent conclusion of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 countries – the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said there exists the possibility for Iran and the group to address “common challenges” including the ISIL threat in the region.