Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi released a statement late on Wednesday, stressing that London should be well aware that Iran “as a victim of terrorism has always been at the forefront of the fight against extremism and terrorism” in the region, Syria in particular.
The remarks came after a British Foreign Office spokesman, in a recent interview with the Daily Mail, accused Iran of “fostering instability in the Middle East.”
Qassemi further described the anti-Iran comments as “improper and unrealistic”, and said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran, as everyone knows, is trying to help (restore) peace, stability and security to the region to the best of its ability”.
Iran has advisory presence in Syria at the request of the Damascus government, he went on to add.
Stressing that there are no good and bad terrorists, the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said the Islamic Republic would not allow Takfiri terrorists to continue killing innocent people in the strategic Middle East region any more.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimates that over 400,000 people have been killed in the conflict. The UN has stopped its official casualty count in Syria, citing its inability to verify the figures it receives from various sources.
In the meantime, Iran has remained a close ally of Syria and supports its legitimate government in the face of Takfiri terrorism.