TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Trans-regional powers are incapable of ensuring security in the Middle East, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said, adding that their interference in the region has been aimed at supporting Israel or fomenting crises.

Addressing an International Conference on Security in Tehran on Sunday, Larijani highlighted trans-regional powers’ inability to provide security in West Asia, describing their apparent counter-terrorism efforts as mere propaganda that plays “an influential role in creating crisis” in the region.

The social and political situation of the regional nations preclude any chance of success for foreign powers, he added, saying outsiders lack competence to ensure regional security because their interference in the region has been aimed at backing the Israeli regime.

“These acts of interference have been a main factor in the spread of terrorism in the region; NATO’s presence in Afghanistan for countering terrorism has been ineffective, and the war on Iraq also created terrorism in the region,” he explained.

Attended by top Iranian officials and foreign participants, the security conference kicked off in Tehran on Sunday.