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Extremism in Middle East big threat to entire world: Iran


The Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a press conference with the Turkish foreign minister in Istanbul on January 4, 2014. Iran's foreign minister visits Turkey in the midst of a high-level corruption probe looking into illicit money transfers to Tehran. Mohammad Javad Zarif's trip comes as Turkey seeks to improve economic and political ties with its neighbour but with the government in Ankara embroiled in a deep political crisis over the corruption scandal. AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Tehran: Growing extremism and sectarianism in the Middle East pose a great security threat to the whole world, said Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif here on Monday. “Our region is today facing a serious and severe danger, which is the danger of unrestrained extremism and sectarianism as a result of the wrong policies of a number of regional players,” Zarif told a Monday gathering of Iranian ambassadors, governors-general and economic officials in the capital Tehran, Press TV reported.

Zarif highlighted the importance of drawing on the situation created following the conclusion of a nuclear agreement between Tehran and the P5+1 group of world powers to advance the policies associated with the “resistance economy”, develop the country, and help improve people’s livelihood.

“The JCPOA and the post-JCPOA atmosphere are opportunities we can use to advance our objectives,” Iran’s top diplomat said. Iran and the P5+1 group of countries — the US, Britain, France, China and Russia plus Germany — finalised the text of the agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in the Austrian capital of Vienna on July 14.