Middle East

Iranian Government Holds Terrorism Conference

The Iranian government's unfounded diatribes against the United States and its allies on the subject of terrorism are cynical attempts to disguise its own abysmal record.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Multimedia

Audio
  • /dalet/Editorial_VO_225_016520_070111_Iranian_Government_Holds_Terrorism_Conference.Mp3

Iran recently held a so-called "anti terrorism" conference in Tehran in which representatives from several countries, including Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan, attended.

U.S. State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland noted how ironic it was for Iran, the world's most active state sponsor of terror, to host an anti-terrorism conference:

"Iran's financial, material and logistical support for terrorist and militant groups throughout the Middle East and Central Asia flies in the face of efforts to promote peace, threatens economic stability, and undermines the growth of democracy throughout the region. So instead of engaging constructively in the region with the international community, the Iranian government continues to engage unhelpfully."

During the two-day conference, Iran's Supreme leader Ali Khamenei took the opportunity to excoriate western nations for "terrorist behaviors," and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad expressed his doubts about the September 2001 terrorist attacks on America – outrageously claiming that the U.S has benefited from those attacks, as it has, he added, from the Holocaust.  

The Iranian government's unfounded diatribes against the United States and its allies on the subject of terrorism, while it continues to fund and train terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, send weapons to the Taliban in Afghanistan, and provide logistical support to Syria to suppress unarmed civilians, are cynical attempts to disguise its own abysmal record.

The United States will continue to maintain strong ties with its allies in the region and throughout the world to combat the scourge of terrorism with cooperative action, and not false statements and empty words.

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Reflecting the Views of the U.S. Government as Broadcast on The Voice of America

View from Washington

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
View From Washington: Christians Persecuted in Irani
|| 0:00:00
...  
 
X
02/05/2016
It is welcome news that Iranian officials have released Christian Pastor Farshid Fathi. Unfortunately, Pastor Fathi’s release does not appear to be the sign of a let-up of the persecution of Christians in Iran.
Video

Video View From Washington: Christians Persecuted in Iran

It is welcome news that Iranian officials have released Christian Pastor Farshid Fathi. Unfortunately, Pastor Fathi’s release does not appear to be the sign of a let-up of the persecution of Christians in Iran.
Video

Video View From Washington: Wins for Tough, Patient Diplomacy

The decision to follow the course of patient, tough diplomacy with Iran bore fruit.
Video

Video View From Washington: Misery in Madaya

The U.S. believes the plight of the people in the Syrian town of Madaya shows why Syrian President Bashar al-Assad cannot be part of Syria’s future.
Video

Video View From Washington: Need to Lower Tensions in Mideast

The United States is urging a de-escalation of tensions in the Mideast in the wake of the heated diplomatic dispute between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Video

Video View From Washington: U.N. Voices Concern over Iran

In December, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution expressing serious concern over human rights violations in Iran.