Zarif: Defeat of Daesh does not mean end of extremism
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denounced the Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) terrorist group as “one of the world’s most evil organizations”, but said the collapse of the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate does not mean extremism has ended in the region, Tasnim News Agency reports.
“Today, the territorial defeat of ISIS has heralded the return of some sense of stability to the territory it once occupied,” Zarif said in a speech, addressing the 54th edition of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) in the German city on Sunday.
“But the defeat of one of the world’s most evil organizations does not mean that the threat of extremism has been removed from the region and beyond,” the Iranian top diplomat added.
“The root causes – particularly its ideology of hate and exclusion – continue and may erupt somewhere else,” he said.