TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami blamed extremist and terrorist activities in the Middle East on the US and the Zionist regime of Israel, saying extremism serves their interests in the region.

“Employing terrorist groups in order to plunder the assets of regional countries has always been an objective of the hegemonic system,” the Iranian defense minister said in a meeting with his Kazakh counterpart on the sidelines of a security conference in Moscow.

Denouncing the US and Israeli role in extremist activities in the Middle East, General Hatami said Iran developed a full understanding of causes of terrorism and rushed to help Syria and Iraq in the war against terrorists.

He also called for continued interaction between Iran and Kazakhstan in international organizations.

For his part, Kazakh Minister of Defense and Aerospace Industry Beibut Atamkulov hailed the coalition of Iran, Russia and Turkey in the battle against terrorism that prevented an escalation of the crisis in Syria.

He also expressed the hope that finalization of the Caspian Sea’s legal regime would lead to enhanced political, military and economic cooperation among the littoral states.

Heading a military delegation, the Iranian minister has travelled to Russia to attend the 7th Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS) and hold talks with foreign military officials.