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Rafsanjani: US fighting Islam under cover of globalization

Tehran, April 24, IRNA-The Expediency Council Chief Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Sunday the US embarked on campaign against Islam under the cover of its globalization policy.

He made the remarks in the inauguration ceremony of the 18th International Conference on Islamic Unity.

He urged the Islamic states to truly understand their significant position in today world to be able to confront the US policy.

He believed the current situation in the Islamic world was a sensitive and particular one because the Muslim states were subject to a serious menace.

Saying that following the September 11 incident the real attitude of the hegemonic powers manifested itself in the remarks of the American President George W. Bush who termed the Islamic world as the cradle of terrorism and horror, Rafsanjani added the enemies of Islam with the criminal US on top of the list were manipulating the motto of fighting terrorism and establishing democracy as an excuse to intervene in the internal affairs of the regional countries.

However, he went on to comment, the enemies would fail to achieve their desired goals due to the contradictions they face in their decision makings.

Touching upon the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan, he said the enemies were working under the pretext of advocating democracy while once people take the authority through democratic means they will try to push Americans out of their homes as 'occupiers'.

Referring to the attempts to re-structure the United Nations, he said that many proofs indicated that the hegemonic powers, by proposing the plan, were after consolidating their position in the UN rather than stop their discriminatory attitude and mandatory actions.

The EC chairman recommended the Islamic states to use the opportunity to make their 58 votes in the UN as an influential tool in decision makings.

On Lebanese issue, he criticized the indifferent attitude of the Islamic world towards foreign interventions in Lebanon, the Zionist activities in Palestine and attempts to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Rafsanjani noted that the US was pressing Iran in a brutal manner as the focal point of the resistance by the Islamic world and regretted that certain foolish people in the region helped the US in this connection ignorant of the fact that they would be most seriously damaged if Iran is harmed.

The 18th International Conference on Islamic Unity opened here on Sunday on the occasion of the auspicious birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and the 6th Imam from his infallible household, Imam Ja'far Sadeq (AS).

The conference is sponsored by the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought and is attended by 120 prominent scientific and cultural personalities of the Islamic World from 34 countries.

Denmark, the United States of America, Britain, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Australia, Qatar, Thailand, Oman, Bahrain, China, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Libya, Kenya, Morocco, Gambia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Senegal, Sudan, Palestine, Jordan and Azerbaijan are among the countries participating at the three-day conference.

Meaning of proximity and its objectives, fundamentals of proximity, world forum for proximity of Islamic schools of thought prophecy and future prospective, background of proximity, fundamentals, values and policies aimed at proximity and approaches to promotion of proximity are among the subjects to be discussed by the researches and thinkers at the conference.

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