Destroying Islamic State will require Israel leaving “Palestine,” Iran’s deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi said on Friday.
Speaking before the United Nations Security Council at a meeting on the crisis in Iraq, Araghchi said Israel’s actions in Gaza can “only be called genocide,” and that such actions were a rallying cry for Islamic State.
The group’s demise thus must be tied to “an end to the Israeli occupation of Arab lands,” he said.
US Secretary of State John Kerry chaired the four-hour meeting and was present for the Iranian minister’s comments.
“The coalition required to eliminate ISIL [Islamic State] is not only, or even primarily, military in nature. It must be comprehensive and include close collaboration across multiple lines of effort,” Kerry said. “It’s about taking out an entire network, decimating and discrediting a militant cult masquerading as a religious movement. There is a role for nearly every country in the world to play, including Iran.”