Zarif: Muslims should see themselves as actors in developments
Tehran, Iran, Nov. 14
By Mehdi Sepahvand – Trend:
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Muslim countries should see themselves as actors rather than the objects of actions in current developments.
Addressing an international conference on “The Geopolitical Crises of the Islamic World”, Zarif noted that Muslim nations are facing both internal and external challenges, ISNA news agency reported November 14.
“On the outside, terrorism as well as national, ethnic and sectarian rifts are posing threats, aggravated by foreign occupation and the interference of superpowers. On the inside, the Islamic world faces political, social, and most important of all, dialogical challenges.”
“One of the main causes of extremist movements in the region is the inefficiency of governments in providing for the least demands of nations, not only economic, but also the demands that have to do with the issue of identity,” the Iranian foreign minister said.
“It is necessary that the Islamic leaders realize these challenges in order not to diverge the demands to unreal issues, such as Shia-Sunni or Arab-non-Arab debates.”
“We should adopt the geopolitics of unity as opposed to the geopolitics of disintegration, the geopolitics of resistance as opposed to the geopolitics of surrender, peace as opposed to violence, and respect as opposed to extremism,” Zarif concluded.