Shia-Sunni unity, the best way to counter terrorism: Iran

November 5, The Iran Project- Iran’s Ambassador to Kuala Lumpur Marziyeh Afkham stresses the unity between Sunni and Shia Muslims as the best way to counter terrorism, saying all religious sects are brothers.

Highliting the equality of all religious sects in an article, published in the English-language newspaper ‘New Straits Times’ on Saturday, Marziyeh Afkham said unfortunately, some extremist groups, such as ISIS, deprived people of their right to live and have hurt both Shias and Sunnis.

Iran and Malaysia share common views on the fight against terrorism and promotion of moderation, the Iranian ambassador noted.

Referring to the two countries’ capacity for cooperation, she stated that after Iran’s nuclear deal with six world powers, the country can progress in all areas.

Iran has great capacity to trade and can provide unique opportunities for businessmen and entrepreneurs, she added.

She also pointed out that due to its geographic location and abundant energy reserves, Iran could be a regional center for Malaysia in the Middle East, Central Asia and Europe. Malaysia can also be a regional center for Iran in South-East Asia and the Pacific because of its geographical conditions and cultural and religious common points.

Pointing to President Hassan Rouhani’s recent trip to Malaysia and his talks with Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak, she said Tehran and Kuala Lumpur agreed to expand cooperation in various fields of science, tourism, oil, gas and petrochemical, highway construction and the automotive industry.

Iran-Malaysia’s closer ties will ultimately lead to strengthening of the Islamic world position in the international arena, she stressed.