Iran’s 1st VP urges Muslims to counter extremists

Iran’s First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri stresses the importance of establishing full peace and stability in the region, calling on Muslim countries to strengthen cooperation to expel extremists from the region.

Muslim countries and member states of the Non-Aligned Movement should enhance their cooperation to force extremists from the region and establish peace and tranquility, Jahangiri said in a meeting with Mauritania’s Prime Minister Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf on Friday.

“We believe that certain extremist groups have been formed in the region and are trying to push the region toward insecurity. These groups have targeted Muslim countries and are unfortunately committing very heinous crimes in the name of Islam and have killed many people in Iraq over the past days,” he added.

The Iranian vice president noted that certain countries have set up Takfiri groups in Muslim countries to achieve their own goals.

On June 10, the militants in Iraq took control of Nineveh Province, including its capital Mosul, in a lightning advance, forcing “over 500,000 people in and around the city” to flee, according to Geneva-based International Organization for Migration (IOM).

During the past week, the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terror group has continued its raids southward and has captured some other areas including the capital of Salah al-Din Province, Tikrit, where according to the IOM around 40,000 people have been displaced.

The Mauritanian premier, for his part, said certain countries seek to extend their sphere of influence into Muslim countries, calling for finding a political solution and holding dialog to stop the continuation of such a trend and settle the ongoing regional problems.

The region is in need of peace. Sustainable development cannot be achieved in the absence of security and tranquility, Laghdaf added.

The meeting came as the Iranian vice president had a stopover in Mauritania as he is scheduled to participate in the 50th summit of the Group of 77 developing countries plus China slated for June 14 and 15 in Bolivia’s eastern city of Santa Cruz.

By Press TV


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