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“Military Means cannot Cure Woes of Muslim World”

27 October 2015 12:45


Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has called for collective efforts among Islamic countries to deal with the problems gripping the Muslim world, saying the issues must be resolved through “non-military” solutions.

“If there is a problem in the Muslim world, we should make efforts [for the issue] to be resolved through non-military means,” the Iranian chief executive said in a Tuesday meeting with Sudan’s new Ambassador to Tehran Adel Ibrahim Mustafa.

Rouhani further said “the problems and challenges facing the Islamic world have to be resolved through the participation of Muslim countries,” adding, “We hope not to witness war and bloodshed in the region in the future.”

Referring to the conflict in Yemen, which has been under Saudi military strikes since late March, the Iranian president emphasized the need “for inter-Yemeni negotiations and a political solution” to the chaotic situation, expressing hope that “all Muslim countries help for this to come about.”

According to the latest figures, some 7,000 people have so been killed in the Saudi military campaign, which is supposedly meant to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to fugitive former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

In his Tuesday remarks, Rouhani also referred to Iran and Sudan as two countries that have stood on the frontline in the fight against “unilateralism” and “global arrogance” over the past years, calling for the expansion of cooperation between the two nations.

“The two countries have had very good relations over the past three decades and Iran has invariably stood by Sudan’s government and nation at sensitive junctures, and will remain beside them at all stages.”

For his part, the Sudanese envoy, who submitted his credentials to the Iranian president, said Khartoum was determined to expand its relations with Tehran on all levels.

He also hailed the July nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia plus Germany ­– as a historic accord.

The Sudanese diplomat also said the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, is the recognition of Iran’s legitimate right to use peaceful nuclear energy.

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