Speaker of Iran Majlis (parliament) Ali Larijani says NATO forces are stirring up sectarian division in Iraq and Afghanistan instead of helping restore calm to the war-torn countries. “The presence of NATO [forces] in Iraq and Afghanistan has resulted in the intensification of domestic problems and emergence of sectarian strife and discrepancy in these countries,” Larijani said in a meeting with senior Turkish Shia cleric Sheikh Salahuddin Ozgunduz on Monday. “NATO has never cared about the interests of Islamic countries,” Larijani added.
Noting that the Zionist regime and arrogant powers are undermining the Muslim world by fomenting sectarian strife among Muslims, Larijani added, “The entry of NATO into the region is detrimental to Muslims and the Islamic world.”For his part, Ozgunduz stated that the enemies of Islam seek to undermine Muslim countries by disintegrating them and causing sectarian violence in the region. KA/SS/MA