Rafsanjani: Fanning sectarian crises in Iraq ordered by enemies

Tehran, August 18, IRNA – Beating on the drums of war among followers of different Islamic schools of thought and other religious minorities in Iraq is a plot hatched by the enemies of Islam, said chairman of Expediency Council on Tuesday.

‘The prominent religious scholars, leaders of political groups and parties, and even heads of tribes in Iraq are expected to promote harmony, cooperation and solidarity in their words and their deeds,’ said Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani in a meeting Hojjatoleslam Seyyed Ammar Hakim, the head of Supreme Iraqi Council.
Stressing the extremely important strategic position and the rich resources of Iraq, he said that Iraq has potentials for both positive and negative developments in political and economic fields.
‘If the central Iraqi government manages to strengthen the security index in that countr, the outcomes of that development will engulf the entire region,’ he added.
Hojjatoleslam Hakim said that implementing the moderate approach in a society which has suffered from dictatorship for decades and the terrorist groups are active in it is a very rough task.
‘One of the factors for backwardness of such societies is that the people are not fully harmonized with the political groups,’ he added.
On latest status of the Daesh terrorists in Iraq, he said that with the vast mobilization of the people’s militia forces in the war against terrorism, the retreating of Daesh from Iraq is gradually accelerating, adding that the terrorists are no longer capable of recruiting forces even from among the Iraqi Sunni Muslims.
‘The crimes those terrorists have committed against the people, particularly the women and children, and even the Sunni Muslims have made the Iraqi nation hate them severely,’ he said.