Iran calls on Muslim countries to unite to counter threats


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called on Muslim nations to remain united and counter the unprecedented threats that they face.

Addressing the opening session of the ninth meeting of the Islamic Inter-Parliamentary Union (IIPU) in Tehran on Tuesday, Rouhani said the Islamic world is currently under international pressure and threats.

He warned that the ‘multifaceted’ threats will in the long run affect all Muslims unless they deal with it promptly.

He noted that Iran has proposed a resolution on a global confrontation with violence and extremism, which has been approved in the United Nations General Assembly.

The Iranian president also referred to the plight of the Syrian refugees as well as the Israeli aggression against Palestinians, noting that the Muslim world needs unity and solidarity to tackle these challenges.

Rouhani further said that the Zionist regime of Israel benefits more than anyone else from the current crises in the Muslim world.

Rouhani condemned the use of violence and extremism against Muslims in the name of fighting terrorism.

The Iranian president called on Muslim nations to adhere to and put into practice Islamic teachings in order to deal with the wide-scale problems they face.

The Iranian chief executive expressed hope that the IIPU meeting would provide an opportunity for further mutual understanding and cooperation among Islamic states.

Fighting extremism, challenges to democracy in Islamic nations, technical and scientific cooperation as well as the issue of Palestine are the main topics on the agenda of the IIPU meeting.

The IIPU was established in 1999 based on an initiative by Iran. It seeks to strengthen parliamentary cooperation among Islamic countries in order to solve challenges facing the Islamic world.