Danger of Wahhabism Is the Real Threat

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says projects by the Israeli and Saudi Arabian regimes to portray Iran as a threat to the world have been falling flat over the past years.

Zarif said Tel Aviv and Riyadh, “two like-minded regimes,” are investing heavily in Iranophobia to draw attention away from their crimes and their collaborations.

“It is obvious that the cooperation of the Zionist regime (Israel) and the Saudi regime, which are two like-minded and congruent regimes, has today become known and can no more be concealed,” Zarif said.

He said the two regimes are concerned about their collaboration having become publicly known and are thus “investing further in Iranophobia” as a means of distraction.

He said, however, that, “The world has today waken up to the fact that the danger of Wahhabism is the real threat.”

Wahhabism is an extreme ideological strand openly preached by Saudi Arabian clerics, who have the blessing of ruling Saudi authorities. It is the main ideological feature of Takfiri terrorist groups — particularly Daesh — which declare people of other faiths and beliefs as “infidels” and, based on “decrees” from clerics, rule that they should be killed.

Foreign Minister Zarif also said the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), succeeded in proving to the world the peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear program.

Mohammad Javad Zarif has also reiterated the Islamic Republic’s support for Nigeria in its campaign against al-Qaeda and Boko Haram terrorist groups.

He pointed to deep-rooted relations between Tehran and Abuja and said, “Our cooperation is not confined to mutual relations and we cooperate in international bodies and organizations such as OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries), the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF).”

The top diplomat added that a big trade delegation representing a variety of fields is accompanying him in his West African tour which indicates the keenness of Iranian state and private sectors to improve cooperation between Iran and Nigeria.

Zarif also expressed satisfaction with the level of cooperation between the two countries in the field of culture and noted that many Nigerian students are studying in Iranian universities.

The Iranian Foreign Minister also said the Islamic Republic is ready to cooperate with Ghana in the fight against terrorism and extremism.

“A new chapter has begun in the very good relations between Iran and Ghana,” Zarif said.

He added that Tehran and Accra enjoy a “very good level of bilateral cooperation” and “very good and close multilateral cooperation in international organizations and bodies.”

The Iranian foreign minister said the trade delegation which is accompanying him in his tour of West African countries is among the biggest in recent years.

He added that the Iranian businessmen are ready to expand trade ties with Ghana.

Mohammad Javad Zarif has stressed the importance of facilitating banking relations with Ghana in a bid to improve bilateral cooperation.

“To facilitate relations in the private sector, we should facilitate some issues such as banking cooperation with Ghana,” Zarif said.

He added that a big economic delegation is accompanying him in his tour of West African countries, saying, “This is an opportunity.”

“We see no obstacle to the expansion of relations with Ghana and Africa and welcome bolstering ties with these countries,” the top Iranian diplomat added.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also said his current visit to West Africa will open a new chapter in cooperation between the Islamic Republic and African nations.

Zarif described relations between Tehran and Conakry as “excellent,” saying the visit will help "open a new chapter in the two countries’ ties, particularly in the fields of economy and trade.”

Iran and Guinea enjoy “good and extensive” economic cooperation in tandem with bilateral political ties, he said.

Mohammad Javad Zarif has also voiced concern over the presence of terror groups in Mali, saying Tehran is ready for cooperation with the violence-hit state in its battle against terrorism and extremism.

Zarif described the West African country as “the cradle of moderate and tolerant Islam,” saying Iran regrets the presence of extremist groups there.

Zarif further said extremism is an “ugly phenomenon” which is also plaguing the Middle East region besides Africa, stressing that “Iran is prepared to cooperate with Mali in the area of fighting terrorism and extremism.”

He further highlighted cultural commonalities between Iranian and Malian nations, saying Tehran attaches significance to bilateral relations with Bamako.

Iran is ready to bolster economic relations with Mali in various spheres, including agriculture, health, education and energy, the top Iranian diplomat added.

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