Speaker of Iran’s Parliament Ali Larijani on Saturday stressed the necessity of coexistence among different Islamic faiths noting that is part of the Islamic schools of thought.
Speaking to reporters upon his arrival to this northwestern provincial capital city, Larijani said presence of foreign elements in the region who aimed at damaging Muslims’ coexistence was the main cause of the present tensions in the Middle East region.
The speaker also reiterated Iran’s position on maintaining unity among Muslims.
Larijani is on a day-long visit to Orumiyeh to attend a conference on unity of Shiite and Sunni Muslims. He is accompanied by representatives of religious minorities in Majlis as well as Sunni members of the Iranian parliament.
He paid tribute to Orumiyeh wartime martyrs by visiting the city’s cemetery. Later in the day, Larijani is to meet local businessmen and officials.
Orumiyeh is the 10th most populated city in Iran. The city’s inhabitants are predominantly Azeris, who live alongside minorities of Kurds, Assyrians, Jews and Armenians. Orumiyeh locatges some 603 km northwest of the capital Tehran.