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Iran’s Foreign Ministry: Terrorism sponsors to bear responsibility for Paris tragedy

November 16, 2015, 21:10 UTC+3 TEHRAN

A chain of terrorist attacks in Paris overnight to November 14 and claimed the lives of at least 132 people

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Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian

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TEHRAN, November 16. /TASS/. The sponsors of terrorism involved in the Friday night's tragic events in Paris will bear the responsibility, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian told Fars news agency on Monday.

"Certain regional and trans-regional states helped the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group to be born," Amir Abdollahian said. "We had warned that those countries which support the IS should know that these insecurities would spread to their countries too."

"We cannot say explicitly which country has played a role in the formation of the IS but (we can say that) ignoring those warnings ended in such consequences," he said.

In June 2014, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani asked the masterminds and the states sponsoring the terrorist operations in Iraq and Syria to stop killing their Muslim brothers, warning that the terrorists would one day attack their supporters.

"We stress and advise all Muslim states and all those who unfortunately help the terrorists with their money and petro dollars to know that it will be their turn tomorrow, and they shouldn't think that you have stimulated these savages merely against others," Rouhani said.

A chain of terrorist attacks in Paris overnight to November 14 and claimed the lives of at least 132 people. Another 350 people were injured in the attacks.

President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency in the country and closed the state borders. The IS claimed responsibility for the attacks.

40 countries financing terrorists in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday said that he had told his G20 colleagues what he knew about channels of financial support for terrorists.

"I discussed it with my colleagues. I hope that we will continue this work which is extremely important for fighting terrorism," Putin told a briefing on results of the G20 summit.

"As we have established, financing comes from 40 countries, including some countries members of G20," he told reporters, adding that this issue had been discussed at the G20 summit in the Turkish Antalya.

"We discussed the necessity for the implementation of the UN Security Council resolution that was passed upon Russia’s initiative, on preventing the financing of terrorism and on preventing illegal trade in pieces of art that terrorists plunder in the territories they seize," the Russian leader said.

He said G20 leaders had also discussed ways to prevent illegal oil trade and income generation from that. "Moreover, I even showed our colleagues our images taken from space and planes which clearly show the scope that illegal trade in oil and oil products acquires: convoys of fuel transporters stretching by dozens of kilometers," Putin said.

"Of course, we discussed that issue with colleagues, and I hope we will continue this work that in my opinion is extremely important for anti-terrorism fight," the Russian leader added.

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