Iran President warns of Talibanisation of Syria

rouhani press confIranian President Hassan Rouhani warned Thursday that Syria could become an extremist haven like Taliban-era Afghanistan as he called for cooperation to end the civil war.
Iran considers Syrian President Bashar al-Assad its closest regional ally and has not accepted US intelligence that the regime killed some 1,400 people in a chemical weapons attack last month.

“My government strongly condemns the use of chemical weapons in Syria,” Rouhani told a New York think tank forum, without assigning blame.

“I am also concerned about the breeding ground created in parts of Syrian territory for extremist ideology and a rally point for terrorists, which is reminiscent of another region adjacent to our eastern borders in the 1990s,” he said.

“This is an issue of concern not only to us but also to many other countries, which requires cooperation and joint efforts aimed at finding a durable, inter-Syrian political solution,” he said.

Iran, led by a Shiite theocracy, opposed the 1996-2001 rule in Afghanistan of the Taliban, who welcomed Al-Qaeda militants and enforced an austere brand of Sunni Islam.

The secular-minded Assad belongs to the heterodox Alawite community and is battling rebels who include Sunni hardliners.

Rouhani, elected in June on a platform of moderation, is on a visit to the United Nations aimed largely at easing tensions with Western powers over Iran’s contested nuclear program.

In an earlier false start of better ties, Iran and the United States briefly cooperated in 2001 when a US-led campaign ousted the Taliban.

Rouhani welcomed the US-Russian agreement for Assad to give up chemical weapons, which halted a push by US President Barack Obama for a military strike on Syria.

“We are pleased that diplomacy… and sober judgment prevailed over saber-rattling,” Rouhani said.

Iran itself was a victim of chemical weapons used by Iraq, a history acknowledged by Obama in his address to the United Nations.

Western powers largely supported Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in his 1980-88 war against Iran.

NOW/AFP

  • cook

    Rouhani is a muslim shit not sunni right?

  • cook2half

    Rouhani is a muslim shit not sunni right?

  • Patience2

    Better than the Iranification of Syria, eh??

  • Patience2

    Better than the Iranification of Syria, eh??

  • 5thDrawer

    In Iran, the president is outranked by the country’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Section 1, Article 110 of the Constitution states that the Supreme Leader has responsibility for “Delineation of the general policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran after consultation with the Nation’s Exigency Council.”
    For more than three decades, those general policies have included hatred of the United States. Iran’s new president cannot change this policy on his own. Hassan Rouhani knows the one key rule of Iranian politics – if daylight opens up between the supreme leader and the president, the supreme leader always wins.

  • 5thDrawer

    In Iran, the president is outranked by the country’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Section 1, Article 110 of the Constitution states that the Supreme Leader has responsibility for “Delineation of the general policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran after consultation with the Nation’s Exigency Council.”
    For more than three decades, those general policies have included hatred of the United States. Iran’s new president cannot change this policy on his own. Hassan Rouhani knows the one key rule of Iranian politics – if daylight opens up between the supreme leader and the president, the supreme leader always wins.

  • nagy_michael2

    Well Mr. President the Supreme Leader been harboring Ql Qaada and planning attacks against the US and allied forces in Afghanistan and other western countries. Even as recently the Head of Al Qaada has ordered attacks against the U.S. that’s only when the US was going to attack Syria Chemical weapons.. so why Al Qaada Leader has not called for attacking Iran, Syria gov’t and Hezbollah ever since the Syrian revolution started? It seems to me that Al Qaada Top leaders do not care what’s going in Syria and only and even protecting Assad still. but of course some members wants to fight the Syrian regime so they let them have their wishes. but in no way shape or form the Al Qaada top leaders have called for jihad against Syrian gov’t, Iranian gov’t or hezbollah for that matter. the traitors of Islams I call them because they’re allying themselves with the hypocrites against their fellow muslims. So going back to Rouhani message here watch your own backyard before you make any comments about talibanization of syria because its all your gov’t fault..

  • nagy_michael2

    Well Mr. President the Supreme Leader been harboring Ql Qaada and planning attacks against the US and allied forces in Afghanistan and other western countries. Even as recently the Head of Al Qaada has ordered attacks against the U.S. that’s only when the US was going to attack Syria Chemical weapons.. so why Al Qaada Leader has not called for attacking Iran, Syria gov’t and Hezbollah ever since the Syrian revolution started? It seems to me that Al Qaada Top leaders do not care what’s going in Syria and only and even protecting Assad still. but of course some members wants to fight the Syrian regime so they let them have their wishes. but in no way shape or form the Al Qaada top leaders have called for jihad against Syrian gov’t, Iranian gov’t or hezbollah for that matter. the traitors of Islams I call them because they’re allying themselves with the hypocrites against their fellow muslims. So going back to Rouhani message here watch your own backyard before you make any comments about talibanization of syria because its all your gov’t fault..