Iran 'invites' China to join in fight against DAESH

Iran calls on China to take part in fight against DAESH says secretary of Expediency Discernment Council of Iran

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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (L) and China's President Xi Jinping (R).

According to the Iranian Fars news agency, Mohsen Rezaei, the secretary of Iran's Expediency Council, said China should play more active role as it joins in the fight against DAESH.

Beijing relies on the Middle East for oil sources, but it has abandoned diplomacy in the region to other powers such as the United States, Britain, Russia and France.

"China can significantly help the regional peace and stability by becoming more active in the fight against the Islamic State [DAESH]," said Mohsen Rezaei after meeting with a Chinese delegation in Tehran.

China believes the military action is not a solution in Syria and also its state media has been criticizing Western countries and Russia for their air attacks.

However, Beijing authorities have decided to join the international cooperation against DAESH following this month when a Chinese-language song allegedly was released by DAESH.

Rezaei also added if China takes additional steps in fight against DAESH, Iran can fight against some militants in Central Asia to reduce their cultural activities and develop relations with Chinese Muslim community.

Iran has been one of the two main nations alongside Russia that is supporting the Assad regime since the Syrian war began in March 2011, with an estimated 2,000 Iranian or Iranian-backed militants participating in the war on behalf of the regime.

Russia began its aerial campaign over Syria on Sept. 30, initially saying it would be targeting positions held by the DAESH terrorist group, but concerns were raised when it appeared that the majority of Russian air strikes were targeting the Syrian opposition fighting against Bashar al Assad’s regime and DAESH.

TRTWorld and agencies