Rafsanjani proposes establishment of regional think-tanks to confront enemies’ plots

TEHRAN (FNA)- Chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani voiced concern about the situation in a number of regional countries, and proposed establishment of think-tanks in the region to devise ways of defusing enemies’ plots.

“The recent bitter events in the region, specially in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, and the current savage crimes of the Zionist regime in the Gaza Strip have saddened all the world Muslims,” Rafsanjani said, addressing a meeting of the expediency council on Saturday.

“The Muslim world, including the Shiites and Sunnis, should think and find proper solutions for the settlement of the crises stirred by extremist and terrorist groups and the Quds Occupying Regime (Israel) in the region,” he added.

Rafsanjani underlined the necessity for confronting the complicated plots exercised in the region and the Muslim world by creating think-tanks by those countries which pursue shared policies.

In relevant remarks on Wednesday, Rafsanjani voiced concern about Israel’s recent savage attacks on the defenseless Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and said the Zionists and terrorists are committing the most horrible crimes against humanity.

Addressing a group of industrialists in Tehran, Rafsanjani said that massacre of innocent and defenseless Palestinian civilians in Gaza has hurt sentiments of all human beings.

Current conditions in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and occupied Palestine are very critical, he said.

Terrorists and Zionists in an obviously orchestrated effort and under meaningful silence and support of global powers are now committing the most horrible and shameless crimes against humanity, Rafsanjani said.

The current situation in occupied Palestine bothers every awakened conscience, he said, adding that carnage of defenseless children and women in Gaza hurts the feelings of any freedom-seeker.

Death toll from Israeli attacks on Gaza has reached 1,900 since Tel Aviv began its onslaught on July 8. Nearly 11,000 Palestinians have also been injured in the attacks.

By Fars News Agency


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