Rouhani warns of attempts to cause sectarian strife in region

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned against increased attempts by enemies of Islam to cause division among Muslims.

“The flames of violence and extremism are flaring across the Muslim world, and ignorance and extremism have cleared the way for the realization of the longtime plot of the enemies of Islam in sowing discord and causing sectarian and tribal strife,” President Rouhani said in a message on Friday.

His message was addressed to Muslim heads of state and governments in the run-up to the holy fasting month of Ramadan, which starts in Islamic countries on Saturday or Sunday.

President Rouhani also called on leaders of Muslim nations to close ranks against violence and extremism in the world.

“It is necessary for the Muslim world to be once more the standard-bearer of combating violence and extremism and the harbinger of peace in the world,” the Iranian president added.

Rouhani’s remarks come against the backdrop of attacks in Iraq by the Takfiri militants of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

On June 10, the Takfiri militants of the ISIL took control of the city of Mosul, provincial capital of Nineveh. They later took control of the city of Tikrit, which is located about 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Soldiers of the Iraqi army have been engaged in heavy fighting with the militants in different fronts in the country ever since.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has blamed Saudi Arabia and Qatar for the security crisis and growing terrorism in his country.

By Press TV


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