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Tehran hosts Shia, Sunni scholars in Islamic Unity Conference

Yusef Jalali
Press TV, Tehran

Muslim scholars and intellectuals from around the world have attended the 35th Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran. The annual event puts into discussion the latest challenges in the Muslim world.

The event kicked off in Tehran with an eye for peace in a region that's gripped by unending crises. Over 500 Shia and Sunni clerics and thinkers from 39 countries took part in the week-long event to share their thoughts and viewpoints on the recent issues in the Muslim world. In his opening speech, Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi found the main source of problems in the Muslim world in division, the major profiteers of which, he said, are foreign actors in the region.

This year's conference comes days after Daesh terrorists bombed two mosques in Afghanistan. More than 60 people were killed in a terrorist attack on a Shia mosque in Kandahar last Friday. The bomb assault came just a week after another terror attack killed more than 150 Shia Muslims during Friday prayers in the city of Kunduz. Both Shia and Sunni delegates at the Islamic Unity Conference denounced the carnage. 

Participants at the conference say the terror attacks in Afghanistan were masterminded by the US as an attempt to push the war-ravaged country into yet another crisis after Washington's humiliating retreat from Afghanistan. 

The annual conference is organized by the Iran-based World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought. The annual event marks the Islamic Unity Week which coincides with the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad as an axis that unites Muslims regardless of which denominations they come from. 

Delegates at the Islamic Unity Conference believe Daesh re-emergence in Afghanistan is a western plot aimed at completing the US' failed mission in the country by sowing discord between Muslims. They say the ultimate way out of this regional crisis is for Muslims to stay united and let the Afghan nation to take its fate into its own hands.



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