Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami says the defeat of ISIS is equal to the defeat of the US regional policy.
“The defeat of Daesh means the defeat of America’s regional policy and thus we should expect that this defeat would probably mark the beginning of a new era of hostilities and regional tensions,” with regional and extra-regional powers competing to consolidate their presence in conflict zones, Hatami said in an address to the Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS) on April 4.
The defense chief noted that the collapse of ISIS could be followed by a new wave of hostilities in the region fueled by extra-regional powers. He also added that despite the defeat of ISIS the radical ideology still poses a threat to the world.
He continued by saying that ISIS could still re-emerge anywhere around the world as long as the US and other Western powers continue to arm aggressive states in the Middle East and as long as Washington refuses to abandon its “unwise” regional policies based on “opportunism.”
He vowed that Iran supports a joint political initiative to solve the Syria crisis and welcomes regional cooperation in order to end the suffering of people in Yemen.