TEHRAN (Press Shia) – A senior official with the Iranian Foreign Ministry rejected anti-Tehran allegations over involvement in recent terror incidents in some European countries and said the Islamic Republic is ready to fully cooperate with the countries in investigating the incidents.
During a meeting with Norwegian and Swedish ambassadors to Tehran as well as Denmark’s chargé d'affaires on Sunday, it was announced that Iran was ready for comprehensive and expansive cooperation, including in security areas and implementation of joint fact-finding investigations, with the respective countries, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said.
Following a terrorist attack on a military parade in the southern Iranian city of Ahvaz on September 22, and our country’s strong protests against Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and the Netherlands, and given the recent allegations against Iran over incidents in France and Denmark, the foreign ministry official met with the European diplomats, he noted.
According to the spokesman, the Foreign Ministry official “laid emphasis on the responsibility borne by the countries (Norway, Sweden, and Denmark) to confront terrorism.”
He also stressed “the unacceptability of (their) sheltering those who have officially claimed responsibility for the attack,” the spokesman said.
According to Qassemi, the issue of confronting terrorism was also the main topic of an earlier meeting between the Netherlands’ ambassador and the Ministry’s deputy political director as well as recent phone calls between Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his German, French, Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish counterparts.
The Islamic Republic, he said, used the contacts to express preparedness towards identification of the terrorist elements that had found havens across Europe.
The Dutch envoy, Jacques Werner, meanwhile, said he had conducted the necessary coordination during the meeting concerning an upcoming visit to Iran by the Netherlands’ Deputy Foreign Minister Andre Haspels.
Haspels is to meet with Iranian officials, including his Iranian counterpart Abbas Araqchi, to address such issues as Tehran’s multi-lateral nuclear accord with world countries as well as regional and international affairs.