'Israel, US spread Iranophobia to divide ME states'
Iran's Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani says the US and Israel are attempting to spread Iranophobia in the region to create division in the Middle East, Press TV reported.
"It is necessary to recognize that, by creating a non-realistic sense of fear and dread towards Iran, the US and Israel are seeking to expand their military bases in the region," the top Iranian official said on Friday in a visit to Kuwait.
Larijani added that the US and Israel make the most out of forging unreal enemies in the oil-rich region, "selling their armaments and plundering oil reserves."
Referring to "the enemies' efforts" to inflame sectarian disputes between Shia and Sunni Muslims, Larijani said that "tracks of Zionist and American intelligence agencies can be traced in such disputes in the region."
The Parliament speaker echoed remakes by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who had earlier said that the West seeks to dominate the Middle East under the pretext of establishing democracy.
"They (the West) are occupying Iraq and Afghanistan and interfering in Pakistan and Yemen under the pretext of establishing democracy," Ahmadinejad said in mid-January.
The Iranian president, however, maintained that Tehran will not let the Western "dream" of dominating the region materialize.