Chairman of the Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Monday that the Shia and Sunni dignitaries should be watchful of civil war in Iraq.
Rafsanjani warns of civil war in Iraq
He made the remarks in a meeting with head of the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council, Ammar al-Hakim.
Ayatollah Rafsanjani said support for Daesh terrorist group by certain regional states is the result of their lack of political wisdom and foresightedness.
‘The Shia and Sunni dignitaries should be watchful that enemies of Islam not to drag Muslims into civil war,’ warned Ayatollah Rafsanjani.
Saying that generosity and courage are two noble features of Iraqi people, as were observed in Arbaeen procession this year, Ayatollah Rafsanjani said when insecurity was prevailing in every corners of Iraq, people led their way to Karbala from throughout the country and people in cities on the way host the majority of the guests, won attention of global observers.
Ayatollah Rafsanjani said treating people with passion was on agenda of the words and deeds of the infallible household of Holy Prophet (PBUH), and said a true Shia Muslim should learn from the infallible household of the prophet how to stick to ethics and respect people of the same kind.
He said religious festivals should not be an excuse for desecration of sanctities by followers of other religions.
The Ayatollah underlined the need for unity and solidarity in the world of Islam, especially in Iraq, and said the result of differences is strengthening of such groups as Daesh, Boko Haram, Jibha al-Nasra, Wahabis and Salafis.
He said that even if terrorists succeed in capturing certain regions with the force of arms, they will fail to do so when people’s consent and sovereignty is to be taken into consideration because they can do nothing other than massacre of people and plunder of assets and bullying them.
Enumerating goals behind strengthening terrorist groups in Muslim lands, Ayatollah Rafsanjani said establishment of military bases by enemies is the sign of their program for staying long in the Muslim lands.
He lauded the important and outstanding role of the personalities and people of Iraqi Kurdistan in preserving and guaranteeing security in the country.
Emphasizing the need for cooperation between Iran and Iraq and ample grounds for expansion of cooperation, Ayatollah Rafsanjani said Tehran and Baghdad with rich natural resources, geographical condition and Ahl-ul-Bayt (AS) school of thought have capacity for cooperation with the whole world.
Hakim in turn recalled the opinion of Ayatollah Shahid Seyed Mohammad-Bagher Hakim and the late Ayatollah Seyed Abdelaziz Hakim on Ayatollah Rafsanjani and said on different historical junctures, Ayatollah Rafsanjani played a key and influential role in Iraq, striving for interests and benefits of the public.
He then provided Ayatollah Rafsanjani with a report on 20 million presence of the public in Arbaeen ceremonies this year and said he had joined the public in the ceremony from Basra to Karbala and observed public love and feeling about Imam Hossein (AS) and his mourners.
He outlined political and security conditions in Iraq and convergence of Shia and Sunni Muslims there and said the convergence make enemies angry to take savage and terrorist actions and such groups as Daesh are the late attempts of the groups.
He commented on conditions of Shia in the world of Islam, especially Iraq, and said Shia Muslims want Iraq for all people from all religious and ethnic groups and the past 11 years have shown that despite civil differences, Iraq believes in democracy in general.
Underlining the need for cooperation between Kurds and Shia Muslims to guarantee security in Iraq and said the principle for us is guaranteeing territorial integrity of Iraq.