TEHRAN (Press Shia) – African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security Ismail Sharqi stressed the need for closer cooperation between the AU and Iran to promote peace and security and fight against terrorist groups.

Speaking at meeting with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari in Tehran on Monday, Sharqi referred to “peace, security and comprehensive development” as the main targets of the AU.

He further praised Iran’s prominent position in the international community and its capacities, calling for closer cooperation with the Islamic Republic to promote peace and security and find common approaches to the fight against terrorism.

Jaberi Ansari, for his part, warned that terrorism is an international problem and a common threat to Western Asia and the African continent.

Unfortunately, Jaberi Ansari said, some regional and international players are seeking to use terrorists as a tool to reach their goals and serve their political interests by dividing terrorist groups into good and bad ones.

In recent years, the Middle East region has been plagued with Takfiri terrorist groups like Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL), which are believed to have been created and supported by the West and some regional Arab countries.

The African Union is a continental union consisting of 54 countries in Africa. It was established on 26 May 2001 in Addis Ababa and launched on 9 July 2002 in South Africa.