PARIS, France — France’s foreign minister on Wednesday pressed “all countries in the region” as well as Iran to join Western nations in the fight against Islamic State fighters rampaging through Iraq and Syria.
“We would like all the countries of the region to join in this action (that includes the Arab countries and Iran), but we would also like the P5 to join in with this action,” Laurent Fabius told a parliamentary committee, referring to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.
“We believe that this terrorist group is of a different nature and level of danger than others. As surreal as it may seem, this group considers Al-Qaeda too soft.”
He warned that IS’s ambitions spread far beyond the borders of Iraq and Syria.
“Today it’s Iraq. But the Caliphate is the whole of the region. And beyond that region, there’s obviously Europe.”
We are all “people to be destroyed and slaughtered because the goal and raison d’etre of this gang is to kill anyone who does not submit to them,” added the minister.