Iran urges Arab League to strengthen unity

July 20, 2016 6:00 am

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi

has rejected recent
remarks by the secretary general of the  against the Islamic
Republic, calling on the Arab body to work toward strengthening Muslim
unity.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi
on Tuesday reiterated Iran’s stance that the crises in certain regional
countries can only be resolved through dialog and enhanced interaction
among concerned parties, emphasizing that, “No country has the right to
meddle in the affairs of regional countries.”
Ahmed Aboul Gheit, the Arab League’s secretary general, had claimed in an interview with London-based Asharq al-Awsat on Sunday that Iran is interfering in the affairs of Arab countries.
Qassemi
said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran calls on the Muslim world to grasp
the sensitive condition of the region and the world at the current point
in time and seeks stronger unanimity and unity in the Muslim world
vis-à-vis such common threats as the Zionist regime (Israel)’s
aggression, terrorism and extremism.”
“Islamophobes,” the Iranian
official said, “are attempting to create and prolong sectarian and
religious violence and to particularly drive a wedge between Shias and
Sunnis by creating and stirring up tensions and discord within the
Muslim Ummah.”
He expressed hope that Aboul Gheit would take notice of such realities and “solemnly work toward the unity of the Muslim world.”

Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul GheitAboul
Gheit, a 73-year-old Egyptian politician, whose term as the secretary
general of the 22-member Arab League began on July 3, faces an uphill
battle given the five-year-old war in Syria, the militancy in Libya, a
rising threat from Takfiri terrorists, and the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict.

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