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Larijani: US Seeks Shiites-Sunnis War

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TEHRAN, March 18 (ICANA) – Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, referring to the Washington's recent measure towards Bahrain says the US seeks to wage war between Shiites and Sunnis.
Friday, March 18, 2011 6:40:54 PM
Larijani: US Seeks Shiites-Sunnis War

"Raising the issue of Shiitephobia to wage war between Shiites and Sunnis is one of the US politics followed by some wicked politicians to conceal their apparent aggression in Bahrain," Larijani told al-Alam News Channel.

"But the issue cannot be concealed and Saudi Arabia and the UAE are throwing stones at their glass palaces as they invade Bahrainis."

His remarks came following the US Defense Secretary Robert Gates' trip to Bahrain.

Larijani added that Iran openly supports recent developments in the Middle East and the struggle of the people seeking democracy.

Iranian Parliament Speaker blamed the US for the recent crisis in the Middle East and said, "The current situation in the Middle East is like what happened in Iraq Intifada in 1991, during which regional countries persuaded the US to support Saddam and arm government forces to quell Shiites and Iraqi people. Some 100,000 people were killed in the violent attacks."

He then moved to the current trip of Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem to Iran and said the visit aims at investigating recent regional developments after Iran made contacts with officials of other countries to settle problems in the region.

Meanwhile, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili stated in a meeting with the Syrian foreign minister in Tehran on Thursday that the current developments in the Middle East have laid bare the US weakness vis-à-vis the strength of popular movements.

The United States and Israel are deeply worried about the evolving situation stemming from the Middle East nations' rising popular movements and any military response to popular demands are doomed to fail, he said.

“The developments in the region exposed America's weakness against the will of nations, and by the same token the United States has been forced to send its military officials to the region and prescribes military solutions, including beefed-up military presence and operations against people,” Jalili added.

On Saturday, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates made a surprise visit to Bahrain as part of efforts to defuse tension in Bahrain, where dozens have been killed since the onset of anti-regime demonstrations on February 14.

The senior Iranian official went on to denounce any military interference in the internal affairs of the Middle Eastern countries, and cautioned those weighing the military option to avoid the move and address popular demands correctly instead.

The Syrian foreign minister, for his part, expressed concerns over enemy plots directed at instigating sectarian and tribal strife in the region and highlighted Iran's role as a key player in the Middle East's stability.

Earlier on Thursday, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a meeting with Muallem that the situation in the region demands further “vigilance” against “schemes” by those that seek to dominate the world.

During his day-long stay in the capital city, Tehran, the Syrian foreign minister also held talks with his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi.

During the meeting, the two senior officials placed heavy emphasis on the need to tackle the crisis in Bahrain through constructive dialogue.

The oil-rich Persian Gulf country has been the scene of popular protests by anti-regime demonstrators who demand the ouster of the 230-year-old Sunni-led monarchy as well as constitutional reforms

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