Iran Respects All Divine Religions
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has dismissed racism accusations against Tehran, stressing that the Islamic Republic respects all divine religions.
“Respecting divine religions is an integral part of the universal teachings of Islam. Taking this issue into consideration, the Islamic Republic of Iran respects all divine religions and is regarded as one of the founders of dialog among divine religions of Islam, Christianity and Judaism,” Mehmanparast said.
He said the fight against racism was among major policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran and added, “Tarnishing the image of Judaism via the political organization of Zionism has been opposed by all freedom-lovers and even the followers of Judaism and so accusing the Islamic Republic of Iran of racism is a totally wrong conception and approach.”
He said there was a sharp contrast between the teachings of divine religions and the extremely racist and anti-human rights ideas of Zionism.
“As it was mentioned in remarks by Iran's First Vice President, we respect the followers of the Prophet Moses but we are opposed to global Zionism,” Mehmanparast added.
He expressed hope that those who claim to be fighting racism will break their silence and take action on the totally inhumane policies of the Zionists against the oppressed Palestinians and the human rights violation of Muslims in other parts of the world.
Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman also said transregional forces are pushing Syria toward insecurity and instability because Damascus is at the forefront of the resistance movement against Israel.
“There are hands at work to create instability and insecurity in Syria with the aim of harming the Islamic resistance front in the region and creating a safe haven for the Zionist regime [of Israel],” Mehmanparast said.
He added that regional countries must, therefore, be sensitive about the security and stability of the Middle East and thwart any plots for foreign interference through cooperation and coordination.
“We must not allow an atmosphere to be created in which transregional countries will be able to disrupt the peace in the region with rash measures such as military interference,” Mehmanparast said.
“The only issue that the transregional countries are not concerned about is the security of the Middle East and the region as they are only pursuing their own interests,” Mehmanparast said.