World Bulletin/News Desk
The international coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant will fail without Iran’s support, former President Hashemi Rafsanjani has warned.
Speaking in Tehran on Sunday, Rafsanjani, Iran’s fourth president and a founder of the Islamic republic, said: "The airstrikes will not destroy this organization and no solution can be found for terrorism in the region without Iran.”
In his remarks, reported by the official IRNA news agency, Rafsanjani lambasted the West for insisting Iran join the alliance against ISIL.
He added: "You [the West] imposed sanctions on us, therefore we deem you as our enemies and will not side with you.”
Sanctions were imposed in relation to Iran’s nuclear program, which is suspected of having military applications, a suspicion denied by Iran.
Rafsanjani is seen as a moderate figure in Iranian politics, where he still wields influence.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Eylül 2014, 16:40