Shared global strategy needed to combat extremism
Iranian Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif noted the combat against extremism and terrorism requires shared global strategy.
Extremism is a global problem which needs a global solution,” Zarif said on Tuesday, speaking in Oslo Forum where world's most prominent armed conflict mediators and peace process actors are gathered in Norway.
“If anyone uses extremism as an instrument or purpose will be loser in the end; every one considers the fight against terrorism and extremism from his own perspective, the problem has not only a military or political or economic solution, but also intellectual and cultural solutions to figure out why extremism is so attractive to people,” Zarif noted.
Underlining the need to redefine international issues, Zarif said "if we take a look at issues from a different point of view, we may get an image to solve the problem; the US thought Iran's every centrifuge is a step to get to the bomb; we were not convinced of their claims and wanted to use our natural right; the US was not eligible to decide for us."
This led to the wrong definition of the problem in a way as if there is no solution for it; while its true definition could lead to a peaceful solution, he underlined.
He added that if someone wants supremacy by military means, the opposite side will do the same; both sides are losers in pursuing military solution, one more and the other less.
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