Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has condemned US President Donald Trump’s decision to send ground troops into Syria.
“We cannot commit to solutions that are part of the problem. I believe that the presence of foreign troops in Arab territory is a recipe for those extremists to rally behind and gain new fighters from disenfranchised youth,” Zarif said in an interview with CNN on Friday.
He noted that the ceasefire in Syria was largely working, adding that the US occupation of Iraq was to blame for the creation of ISIS terrorist group.
The Iranian foreign minister said Trump himself has accused the former US administration of creating Daesh (ISIS).
He also criticized US policy of arming the so-called opposition groups in Syria.
During his presidential campaign, Doanld Trump asserted that Obama had founded ISIS.
“I meant he's the founder of ISIS (Daesh),” Trump said. “I do. He was the most valuable player. I give him the most valuable player award. I give her, too, by the way, Hillary Clinton.”
Zarif also said that the same people who “armed Daesh, armed the terrorist groups, were the same people who armed [Iraq's executed dictator] Saddam Hussein, were the same people who created and armed al-Qaeda.”