Iran’s clarion call for Sunni-Shia unity

Iran has condemned three suicide bombings that rocked Saudi Arabia, one of them targeting Masjid-i-Nabvi (PBUH). Its Foreign Minister Javad Zarif rightly commented that there are no more red lines left for terrorists to cross and that Sunnis and Shias will both remain victims unless we stand united as one.
We appreciate Iranian position on the problem as this is the more realistic approach to address an issue that has many dimensions and which is being complicated by enemies of Islam. There are reasons to believe that enemies are trying to divide the Muslim Ummah horizontally and vertically and sowing sectarian seeds is one of the machinations being used by them to achieve their nefarious designs. Iranian statement is significant as it comes in the backdrop of several attacks on Shiite mosques in Saudi Arabia, which are believed to be master-minded by forces inimical to Islam. Sunnis and Shiites have been living in peace and harmony in different countries including Pakistan but for the last several years attempts have been made by our enemies to disturb this amity with the collusion of time-servers in the Muslim world. While appreciating Iran for its pragmatic view of the situation, we would urge it to take practical steps for promoting sectarian harmony. Iran has immense influence in some countries and it can play a crucial role by organizing conferences aimed at forging unity in the ranks of the Ummah.

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