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Muslim nations must close ranks against israel: Larijani

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Iran’s parliament (Majlis) speaker, Ali Larijani, has called for stronger unity among Muslim countries in the face of Israeli aggression.

“The issue of intervention of the Zionist regime [of Israel] in Syria is a significant sign that they (Israelis) plan to pressure Muslims countries through conspiracy,” Larijani, who is on an official trip to Turkey, said in a meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Cemil Çiçek, in Istanbul on Tuesday.

On Sunday, an Israeli military helicopter fired two missiles into Amal Farms in the strategic southwestern Syrian city of Quneitra, close to line separating the Syrian part of the Golan Heights from the Israeli-occupied sector.

“Therefore, Muslim countries must unite in the face of incursions by the Zionist regime [of Israel] like the recent terrorist attack [on Syria] by this fake regime,” Larijani added.

He referred to the ongoing crisis in Syria, saying the status quo in Syria is not in the interest of any country, calling for political efforts to settle the Syria crisis for the restoration of stability to the conflict-stricken country.

Larijani also touched on ties between Tehran and Ankara, calling for the promotion of relations between the two countries.

Regarding the publication of blasphemous cartoons of Prophet Mohammad by French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, he said, “An issue that has hurt the feelings of Muslims is the offence against the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), which has been committed in the Western countries.”

The Turkish speaker, for his part, pointed to the upcoming 10th session of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (PUOIC), which is scheduled to be held in Turkey from January 20 to 22, expressing hope that the problems of Muslim countries will be addressed and a telling answer will be given to the recent offence against the holy Prophet.

Çiçek also noted that foreign intervention will fail to settle crises in the Middle East region.

The Western countries aim to exploit existing trivial differences among Muslims, the Turkish speaker stressed.

The 9th session of the PUOIC was held in the Iranian capital, Tehran, in February 2014 with representatives from nearly 50 countries in attendance.

Fighting extremism, challenges to democracy in Muslim nations, technical and scientific cooperation as well as the issue of Palestine were the main topics on the agenda of the 2014 meeting.

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