Republic of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe held discussions with Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in the Islamic Republic of Iran during the 16th Non-Aligned Movement Summit on August 30, 2012. Mugabe urged NAM leaders to challenge western militarism., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Leader warns against West's new campaign in Africa
Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:10AM GMT
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the West has launched a new campaign to expand its presence in the African continent.
The Leader made the remarks in an address to a group of Iranian officials and the foreign participants of the 26th International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran.
“Today the main policy of the global arrogance to counter [the wave of] Islamic Awakening is to sow discord and pit Muslims in Islamic countries against each other,” the Leader added.
Ayatollah Khamenei described calamities in Pakistan, war and massacres in Syria, suppressing the people in Bahrain and disagreements among Egyptian people as the consequences of disputes among Muslims.
The Leader added that any disagreement and dispute among Muslim nations or inside Islamic countries is definitely playing in a court that has been devised by the enemy.
“The only way to counter the enemies’ scheme to sow discord [among Muslims] is to create unity among Muslim nations as well as among groups, religions and various factions in every Islamic country,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
The Leader noted that differences between Muslims would overshadow the issue of Palestine, and stressed the need for resistance against extortionist policies of the US and the West.
“The new move the Western [governments] have embarked on in Africa to dominate the African nations is the consequence of Muslims’ differences and preoccupation with one another,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
The Leader added that the wave of Islamic Awakening which started in Iran 34 years ago with the victory of the Islamic Revolution and is spreading across the Muslim world, is a sign of the realization of divine promises and the movement towards victory.
The two-day 26th International Islamic Unity Conference started in Iran’s capital, Tehran, on Sunday attended by Shia and Sunni thinkers from 102 countries.
The Islamic unity conference provides an opportunity for scholars to share views and review problems facing Muslims while presenting solutions.