Middle East lacks native models of democracy: Velayati

Tehran, Aug 15, IRNA – Middle East is suffering from lack of native models of democracy, Supreme Leader’s Advisor for International Affairs Ali Akbar Velayati said on Saturday.

He made the remarks at the opening ceremony of the 6th general assembly of World Assembly of Ahl ul-Bait which kicked off in Tehran on Saturday morning.
Totalitarian regimes are resisting recent democratic developments in the region including Iraq, Velayati noted.

He said that elite political groups have not proposed solutions to the recent demands for democracy in the region and it resulted in spread of chaos in the region, he asserted.

The official warned about certain powers’ efforts to provoke sectarian violence in the region.

Unfortunately, West, US and the Zionist regime manipulated the chaos in the Muslim world for their political purposes, Velayati said.

He added that the inexperienced rulers of certain regional states tried to take revenge on the resistance axis but they have failed and they will see the consequences.
Today, the resistance axis is stronger than the past and after the nuclear deal between Tehran and the world powers, Iran has more power to support it, Velayati asserted.

He called love for the Prophet and his Ahl ul-Bait (peace be upon them) as the common feeling of all Muslims which can bring them together and get them united.
Takfiri-terrorist groups are a common threat against all Muslims, the official added.

President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated the 6th general assembly of World Assembly of Ahl ul-Bait in Tehran on Saturday morning with his speech.

700 foreign guests from 130 world countries together with a number of Iranian political and cultural figures are participating in the four-day event.

The Hizbullah undersecretary Sheikh Naim Qassem, Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki, Secretary General of Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq Ammar al-Hakim, senior advisor to the Supreme Leader for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati and a number of ranking officials are among the guests.

The meeting is working under the motto of “solidarity and convergence for advancement of objectives of Islam’.

World Assembly of Ahl ul-Bait is a non-profit and non-state organization which was established in 1989 and meets every four years with its members from across the world participating in the general assembly.

The present meeting is to award outstanding articles and the participants are to meet with the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.