Sunday, February 18, 2007

IRNA: "Rafsanjani: Islamic world can neutralizes US plots"

Assad visits Iran. He is quoted as saying that Iran is "a big Islamic country" (You don't say!), and not only that, it is "the main and common factor to establish friendly relations between Islamic countries." And don't you love it when IRNA article titles contain grammatical errors?
Chairman of Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad here Saturday said Islamic world with the vigilance of its political and religious leaders can neutralize the US plots.

According to the EC's Public Relations Office report, Rafsanjani said creating disunity among Shia and Sunni Muslims in the region, especially in Iraq and Lebanon, is an American plot.

Referring to the sensitive situation in the region and the world, Rafsanjani underlined the importance of cooperation, as well as consultation between Iran and Syria and said such relations will be beneficial to the whole of region and the Islamic world.

President Assad, for his part, said the speedy developments in the region need deep attention adding the US and its allies that have failed in the region, especially in Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine, are trying to take advantage of any opportunity to create crisis and the Muslim countries must mobilize their abilities to confront such mischief.

He described Iran as a big Islamic country in the region and said Islam is the main and common factor to establish friendly relations between Islamic countries.

Assad said creating division between Shia and Sunni Muslims in Iraq and Lebanon is the latest plot of the US and its friends to take advantage of differences and they are trying to cover their defeats in Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, Iran and Syria with false propaganda.

At the end of the meeting, President Assad invited EC chairman to pay an official visit to Syria and Rafsanjani welcomed warmly the invitation.

President al-Assad heading a high-ranking delegation arrived in Tehran on Saturday for a two-day visit.

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