Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has accused the United States of supporting Daesh in Afghanistan to fuel regional terrorism and threaten neighboring countries.
Speaking in Islamabad while on a three-day visit to Pakistan, Zarif said US helicopters have been transporting Daesh fighters from Al-Hasakah of Syria to unknown locations like Afghanistan, VOA reported.
According to the report, in his address to the Institute of Strategic Studies (ISSI) in Islamabad, Zarif said: "We see intelligence, as well as eyewitness accounts, that Daesh fighters, terrorists, were airlifted from battle zones, rescued from battle zones, including recently from the prison of Hasakah, (the capital city of the Al-Hasakah in the far northeastern corner of Syria) ."
He also said Iranian intelligence agencies have credible reports that show US helicopters transporting the Daesh fighters from Syria to other locations, for that reasons Daesh activates has been seen in Afghanistan.
He said no country can ensure its national security by destabilizing other nations.
“There has been an illusion the security can be purchased, there has been an illusion security can be attained at the expense of security of the others,” said Zarif
But, Washington has rejected the claims and said the US has been dealing Daesh a heavy blow in eastern Nangarhar in ongoing airstrikes.
“Iran and Russia continues to wage war against their political opponents and there is another reason we noticed Syrian and Russians never intended to implement the ceasefire. Because they plan for it,” said US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley recently.
This is not the first time such allegations have been made. A few months ago, Iran and Russian officials both levelled similar allegations against Washington about them transporting Daesh fighters to Afghanistan.
However, Zarif’s remarks on the US’s alleged assistance to Daesh in Afghanistan marks Iran’s first ever direct accusations against the US in this regard.
Meanwhile, in a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Mohammad Asif in Islamabad on Monday, Zarif said that Pakistan and Iran must jointly fight terrorism in the region.
“It is necessary for Iran and Pakistan, as two friendly neighbors with a common border, to have strong cooperation to guarantee the security of the countries’ borders and prevent activities by the terrorists,” Zarif said.