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Ayatollah Rafsanjani: Terrorists must not be allowed in Muslim states

351612_Ayatollah-Hashemi-RafsanjaniChairman of Iran’s Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani says terrorists must be prevented from establishing bases in Muslim countries.

Terrorists, who seek nothing but the sowing of discord and extremism in the Muslim world, must not be allowed to establish bases in Islamic countries, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani said in a meeting with visiting Yemeni Parliament Speaker Yahya Ali al-Raee in Tehran on Thursday.

The chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council attributed foreign influence on certain regional countries to the rule of dictators and despots in those states.

“Dictators rely on foreign support for survival; foreigners, in turn, see their survival in supporting terrorists and extremists to bring about insecurity and destruction…” Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani said.

The senior Iranian official also called for the further enhancement of economic, scientific and cultural relations between Tehran and Sana’a.

Raee, for his part, hailed Iran’s position in the region and the Muslim world.

Rafsanjani also met with Palestinian National Council Chairman Salim Zanoun in Tehran on Thursday.

The Taliban, terrorists and extremists serve the interests of the Israeli regime, Ayatollah Rafsanjani said during the latter meeting.

“Unfortunately, the Palestinian cause and the (Israeli) occupiers’ crimes in al-Quds (Jerusalem) have been sidelined over the past few years due to the issues in Muslim states, including Egypt, Libya, Syria and Yemen. Internal disputes also inflicted irreparable loss on the Palestinian nation,” he pointed out.

Rafsanjani added that if the divisions between resistance forces widen, the Israelis will be able to take more steps forward by seeking the expansion of settlements, laying claims to the holy Quds, etc.

Zanoun, for his part, described the Islamic Republic of Iran as an important country in the Middle East and a close friend of the Palestinian nation.

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