Iran’s foreign minister raps about hostile attempts to divide Muslims – Reuters


The head of Iranian diplomacy met with guests attending the 36th International Conference of Islamic Unity in Tehran.

The Foreign Ministry’s Institute of Political and International Studies hosted the rally on Friday.

Amirabdollahian welcomed the guests and congratulated them on Islamic Unity Week. He also expressed his gratitude for the efforts of Hamid Shahriari, Secretary General of the Global Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought, to host the conference.

Foreign Minister referred to remarks by Islamic Revolution leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei during meeting with participants of Islamic Unity Conference and gave details of tangible protest enemy activities aimed at dividing Shia and Sunni Muslims during the years of America’s occupation of Iraq.

In the years of US occupation of Iraq after 2003, strange and unprecedented incidents took place in order to drive a wedge between Sunni and Shia Muslims in Iraq, he said, according to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Amirabdollahian listed examples of hostile attempts to divide Iraqi Shiites and Sunnis, saying: “We have witnessed many instances of enemy attempts to create a split in the Islamic Ummah in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan , Palestine, Lebanon, etc.

He also pointed to recent developments in Iran, adding, “Foreign parties have tried in recent weeks to exploit a domestic problem and meddle in our country’s affairs.”

“This happens hours after the death of Mahsa Amini, the President of our country called his father, offered his sympathy and ordered a prompt investigation to shed light on the matter,” Amirabdollahian added.

“Who can believe that the death of a girl is so important for Westerners? If so, what have they done to the hundreds of thousands of martyrs and victims in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Lebanon? They sought to start a sectarian war in Iran,” the minister said.

“Some of the peaceful demands have been and will be met, but we have witnessed the entry of firearms into the places of some demonstrations, which have been imported from abroad. We don’t have such weapons in Iran,” he said.

“In the chaos of Zahedan, there were no slogans or images related to Mahsa. A known terrorist group tried to pit Shias and Sunnis against each other and claimed responsibility. They did the same in part of Kurdistan, but the insight of clerics and Sunni people foiled all their attempts,” Amirabdollahian said.

Elsewhere, the Minister of Foreign Affairs said: “Imam Khomeini left many legacies to the Muslim Ummah: one of them is the Week of Islamic Unity and the other is the designation of the International Day of Quds.

“We proudly announce that despite all the pressures of the enemies, Iran has given its support to the Shia and Sunni resistance, and even to the Christian resistance, in Lebanon in the same way as it did in the case of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad resistance movements in Palestine. ,” he said.

Amirabdollahian further paid homage to deceased scholars who were present during previous cycles of the Islamic Unity Conference, including Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri, and prayed for divine mercy for them.

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