Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has referred to a January message by Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei to European and North American youths as an exemplary endeavor to fighting terrorism.
In a contribution to Harvard International Review, published by the journal on Wednesday, Zarif enumerated the requisite qualities of a consistent and coherent strategy to confront “violent extremism.”
The piece asserted that winning such strategy entailed that religious leaders from around the world “be at the forefront of efforts to denounce the false precepts of violent extremism and unequivocally reject sectarianism and attacks against religious and ethnic minorities.”
“In this context, the recent message of Ayatollah Khamenei to European and North American Youth is a serious endeavor to initiate such enlightened cultural and ideological discourse,” Zarif opined.
In the message, Ayatollah Khamenei called on younger generations to study the motivations behind the widespread efforts aimed at the vilification of Islam.
The Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei also stressed the importance of reading the Holy Qur’an and the life of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).
Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei used the message to call on the youths not to “miss the opportunity to gain proper, correct and unbiased understanding of Islam so that hopefully, due to your sense of responsibility toward the truth, future generations would write the history of this current interaction between Islam and the West with a clearer conscience and lesser resentment.”
Zarif also referred to the critical nature of the challenge posed to the world from violent extremism, bemoaning the exponential growth of extremism owing to the chaos created in the aftermath of the United States 2001 and 2003 invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan respectively.