Iran Majlis speaker urges unity among Muslims

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Iran’s Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has called for more solidarity among Muslim countries, expressing concern over woes in the Islamic world.

In an address to the executive committee of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Member States in Tehran on Friday, Larijani said the meeting should contribute to more solidarity, progress and justice among Muslim nations.

He pointed to the challenges facing Muslim nations and said the Union can act as a center to pursue the demands of the member states.

“Today, waves of sowing discord in Islamic countries have led to many problems and the killing of many Muslims,” Larijani said, adding that the Islamic inter-parliamentary union can play a major role in addressing such woes and preventing rifts among Islamic nations.

Larijani also warned against the terrorist activities of extremist Takfiri groups in the region and said such moves have given rise to problems in Muslim countries.

The 9th meeting of the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States, which started on Friday, is scheduled to continue until February 19.

The union is composed of the parliaments of the OIC member states.

Hossein Sheikholeslam, Larijani’s adviser on international affairs, said earlier that the participation of 47 countries in the conference had been finalized and 15 other countries had also expressed readiness to attend the event as observers.

He added that representatives from Syria, Egypt, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Sudan, Tajikistan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, the UAE, Iraq, Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Morocco and Jordan will be present in the meeting.

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