Iranian FM Blames US, Israeli Policies for Extremism, Terrorism in Region (FARS News Agency (Iran))

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif took the US and Israel’s hegemonic and expansionist policies responsible for the spread of terrorism and extremism in the region.

“Extremism and terrorism in the Middle-East are rooted in the US and Zionist regime’s policies for occupying other countries,” Zarif said in a meeting with Mexican Senate Vice-Speaker and Senator Gabriela Cuevas Barron in Tehran on Tuesday.

He called for all-out efforts in the form of regional and international cooperation to fight terrorism and extremism.

Zarif also underlined the necessity for the expansion of talks and cooperation with Mexico in different economic, political, cultural and parliamentary fields.

Cuevas Barron, for her part, described Iran as a friendly and important country, and said Mexico has always been after the improvement and strengthening of ties with Tehran.

Iran has been seeking to broaden ties and cooperation with Latin American and Caribbean states, including Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Cuba, Mexico and Colombia.

Iran’s strong and rapidly growing ties with Latin America have raised eyebrows in the US and its western allies since Tehran and Latin nations have forged an alliance against the imperialist and colonialist powers and are striving hard to reinvigorate their relations with the other independent countries which pursue a line of policy independent from the US.

Iranian Ambassador to Mexico City Jalal Kalantari voiced Tehran’s readiness to help Mexico in the construction of oil and gas refineries.

“Iran is ready to share its experiences with Mexico in the energy field, specially helping that country to build oil and gas refineries,” Kalantari said in February.

He noted that Tehran and Mexico City can also cooperate in exchanging technical know-how in oil and gas technological field.

In December, Iranian and Mexican officials stressed their resolve to make use of all their abundant capacities to enhance Tehran-Mexico City all-out relations.

In a meeting between Kalantari and Mexican Foreign Ministry’s Director General for Africa and the Middle East Mar�a Carmen O�ate Mu�oz on the sidelines of an unveiling ceremony of a joint issued stamp to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Iran and Mexico in 1964, the two sides voiced their enthusiasm for promotion of mutual cooperation in various political, economic, scientific, and tourism arenas.