Speaker Calls on Muslims to Confront Extremists

A018537210.jpgIranian Parliament Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel stressed the need for Muslims to counter religious radicalism, oppression and injustice in the world, describing injustice of great powers as the root cause of extremism and terrorism in the region. Haddad Adel made the remarks in a meeting with Pakistan’s Ambassador to Tehran Shafeqat Saeed here on Sunday, a report released by the Information and Media Department of the Islamic Consultative Assembly said.

Also during the meeting, the Iranian chief lawmaker viewed Iran-Pakistan relations as cordial, and said cultural, historical and religious commonalities of the two countries have deepened the eagerness and strengthened the resolve of Iranian and Pakistani leaders to further expand ties and boost cooperation.

He termed the friendly ties between the two great nations of Iran and Pakistan an excellent example of friendship based on brotherly relations.

Noting the existing potentials for the bolstering of the two countries’ trade and economic relations, particularly implementation of Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline, the legislator expressed the hope that the pipeline, as a symbol of friendship and economic prosperity, would cause further proximity among the three states.

He also voiced Iranian parliament’s support for the expansion of the two countries’ relations and cooperation in all political, economic and cultural areas, and extended an invitation to his Pakistani counterparts to pay a visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Further in the meeting, Haddad Adel pointed to the ups and downs in the history of Afghanistan as a crisis-torn neighbor of both Iran and Pakistan, and called on Tehran and Islamabad to enhance efforts to remove the existing problems in Afghanistan, reminding that Afghanistan has inflicted many damages on both countries, specially through drug plantation and trafficking.

The Iranian parliament speaker also described extremism and terrorism in the world and the region as products of the oppressions and the unjust attitude of great powers, particularly the US, towards Muslim countries, and called on the world Muslims to confront religious radicalism, oppression and injustice across the world.

For his part, Pakistani envoy viewed Tehran-Islamabad relations as developing, specially in economic grounds, and praised Iranian parliament for supporting expansion of friendly relations and cooperation between the two Muslim states.

Shafeqat Saeed further pointed to the recent developments in his country, and stressed the necessity of Muslim confrontation with the phenomenon of radicalism.

“Extremism and continued deployment of alien troops in the Muslim countries are the dangers threatening the world of Islam at present,” he said, stressing that continued presence of alien forces in the Muslim world has intensified the said extremism.

The ambassador further voiced Pakistan’s support for Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities, underlining that the nuclear activities and programs of the Islamic Republic comply with the international rules and regulations.

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