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'Islamic Awakening led Libyan revolution'
Tue Jan 3, 2012 7:31AM
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Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Iran's deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs
Iran's deputy foreign minister says Islamic Awakening was the root cause of Libya's revolution, calling on the Libyan nation to remain vigilant about the persisting schemes by global powers to derail their movement.


In a Monday meeting with a visiting delegation of Libyan scholars and religious figures in the Iranian capital of Tehran, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian described the Libyan population as a faithful and diligent nation that desire Islam and seek the establishment of Islamic values in their country.

The Iranian diplomat pointed to the continuing efforts by hegemonic global powers to hijack the Libyan revolution and expressed optimism that the unity and vigilance in the North African nation will thwart such plots.

Sowing rifts among Shias and Sunnis and inciting Iranophobia in the Muslim world are among the malicious strategies pursued by global powers to neutralize the growing Islamic Awakening, he added.

Abdollahian also called for the expansion of Tehran-Tripoli ties in Libya's post-revolution era and the cooperation of both countries in the pursuit of the fate of prominent Lebanese Shia leader and scholar Imam Moussa Sadr, who disappeared in 1978 during an official visit to Libya following a meeting with the country's slain dictator Muammar Ghaddafi. .

Imam Sadr, the founder of Lebanon's Islamic Amal Movement, was a popular and highly revered Lebanese cleric of Iranian descent who developed major influence in his country by making tireless efforts to unify the Lebanese Christians and Muslims based on many common values.

It is widely believed in Lebanon that the Shia cleric was kidnapped on the orders of senior Libyan officials.

The head of the Libyan delegation to Tehran, for his part, praised Iran's efforts in promoting Islamic values and insisted that the Libyan nation will not allow hegemonic powers to distort the objectives of their revolution.

Eight months into the revolution that put an end to Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year-long dictatorship, revolutionary fighters found the despotic ruler hiding inside a concrete sewage pipe in his hometown of Sirte on October 20, 2011.

Gaddafi was eventually shot and executed by the revolutionaries, becoming the first dictator to be killed in the wave of the popular uprisings and revolutions that started to sweep North Africa and the Middle East towards the end of 2011.

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