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President Rouhani urges Muslims to reinforce convergence

18 December 2016 14:57

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The Iranian president made the remarks in an address to a number of state officials and diplomatic representatives of Muslim countries as well as participants at an international unity conference in Tehran on Saturday on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

He expressed his profound concerns over the ongoing developments in the Middle East and the Muslim world, and said Iran regarded the existing crises and any possible new crisis in the region as a plot against Muslims’ unity and dignity.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has always stood and will stand by the oppressed nations in the face of terrorism,” Rouhani stated.

He stressed the importance of diminishing threats and increasing potentialities in line with the Muslim world’s dignity and interests.

Muslim countries are capable of solving problems and showing the power of Islam to the world through cooperation, he noted.

The Iranian president further pointed to the recent achievements made by the Iraqis and Syrians in the fight against terrorism.

“It is surprising that some Muslim states are upset about successes made by the nations and governments in the fight against terrorism and it seems that they are worried about the victories of the Iraqi and Syrian people and armies against the murderous terrorists,” Rouhani said.

He added that certain Muslim countries were “concerned about the fate of the terrorists instead of thinking about the oppressed Syrian people and those injured in Aleppo.”

Aleppo, Syria’s second-largest city, was fully liberated this week, less than a month after the Syrian army started a wholesale push to drive foreign-backed militants out of their stronghold in the eastern side of the strategic city.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday offered felicitations to the Arab nation on the liberation of Aleppo and said the “liberation” was “history in the making and worthy of more than the word ‘congratulations’.”

“What is happening today is the writing of a history written by every Syrian citizen. The writing did not start today, it started six years ago when the crisis and war started against Syria,” he added.

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