Iran FM calls for unity in fight against 'extremism'

October 31, 2015 04:08

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif urged world powers on Saturday to unite in the fight against Islamist extremism, following talks in Vienna with a dozen leaders to end Syria's four-year civil war.

"What we need is a recognition by everybody that terrorism and extremism cannot be used, even as temporary assets for anybody. That we need to all unite in fighting against Daesh and other extremist organizations," Zarif said, using a derogatory Arabic acronym for Islamic State.During a war that has killed more than 250,000 people and driven 10 million from their homes, Assad's main ally, Tehran, has been locked out of a succession of international peace conferences, all of which ended in failure.

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