0330 GMT November 29, 2021
The US and its allied forces have placed on their agenda sowing discord among regional countries lest economic cooperation is promoted and sustainable peace is established in West Asia, said the Iranian Parliament speaker.
In an address to an open session of the Parliament on Sunday, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf added complicated schemes are underway in West Asia to spark civil wars in regional states, ICANA wrote.
Such conspiracies, he added, have become more conspicuous in the aftermath of the unfolding of tragic events such as the massacre of innocent people in the Bibi Fatima mosque in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Friday, bids to spark a civil war in Afghanistan, fomenting armed and illegal unrests in Lebanon, provoking division in Iraq and making untrue and provocative remarks by some of the regional countries’ leaders over the past week.
Qalibaf said the Islamic Republic of Iran seeks to ensure stability, peace and security in the entire region and maintains that people’s will is the final say, the source of getting rid of differences and main cause of foiling enemy plots.
“Any bid to sow discord [among regional countries] or moves to compromise the region’s security is condemned. All [regional] states are required to make efforts to promote sustainable peace and stability [in the region] and develop intraregional economic relations.”
Qalibaf called on the Iranian Foreign Ministry to, under the present critical circumstances, implement the required measures to ensure security and stability in the region and actively reflect and pursue the Islamic Republic’s wise stances.
Over the past few days, two terrorist attacks were carried out on two Shia mosques in Afghanistan, killing over 200 people and injuring close to 300.
There have also been several attacks in Afghanistan in recent weeks, some of which have been claimed by an armed group affiliated with the Daesh terrorist group.
The international community blames the fueled violence in Afghanistan on the irresponsible and chaotic military withdrawal of the US, amid which the Taliban militia took power in the country in mid-August. The Taliban announced the formation of a caretaker government on September 7.
The Taliban first ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, before the US invaded the country and toppled the Taliban-run government on the pretext of fighting terrorism following the September 11 attacks.