Lavrov: Terrorism cannot be fought in Iraq and overlooked in Syria

Moscow, SANA – Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov said that terrorism cannot be fought in Iraq while at the same time it is overlooked in Syria, as terrorism should be fought on general bases and without double standards.

In a press conference with Tunisian counterpart Manji Hamidi held in Moscow on Tuesday, Lavrov stressed the need to prevent terrorists in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Mali, and other places from reaching their goals and to work on supporting political solutions to crises in these countries.

“Extremists and weapons trading should be fought instead of toppling regimes for political ends like what happened in Libya,” Lavrov said, adding that claiming that some of the extremists are “good” in order to exploit them for personal interests is unjustifiable.

He highlighted that it makes no sense to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist organizaiton in Iraq and at the same time say that there can be no cooperation with the Syrian government to fight this organization in Syria.

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