Iran's Rohani warns of Syria Talebanisation
NEW YORK CITY (AFP) - Iranian President Hassan Rohani warned on Thursday that Syria could become an extremist haven like Taleban-era Afghanistan as he called for cooperation to end the country's civil war.
Iran considers Syrian President Bashar al-Assad its closest regional ally and has not accepted US intelligence that the regime killed some 1,400 people in a chemical weapons attack last month.
"My government strongly condemns the use of chemical weapons in Syria," Mr Rohani told a New York think tank forum, without assigning blame.
"I am also concerned about the breeding ground created in parts of Syrian territory for extremist ideology and a rally point for terrorists, which is reminiscent of another region adjacent to our eastern borders in the 1990s," he said.