Cairo: The so-called issue of conflicts between two sects of the Muslims, Shiite and Sunni, is the propaganda of conspirators against Islam and the divisions between the two sects is a plot being hatched by the same enemies of Islam.
These views were shared by the Foreign Minister of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, who was on a visit to the Egyptian capital, Cairo, and met with the Grand Sheikh of historic Al-Azhar University, Ahmed Al-Tayeb, on Thursday.
Salehi took a strict stance on the plots and schemes being hatched by the enemies of Islam to create differences and conflicts between majority sect – Sunnis – and minority sect – Shiites.
He urged the Muslims across the globe to be united by avoiding the conflicts. Muslims should rely on commonalties instead of the differences, he added.
Salehi stated, “Enemies have made great efforts during recent years to cause a rift among Muslims and also to intensify it.”
Iran’s Foreign Minister also invited the Sheikh of Al-Azhar University to visit Iran for holding talks with the Iranian clerics and observe the peaceful coexistence of Shiite and Sunni Muslims in the Islamic Republic.
Al-Tayeb, for his part, urged Muslims to foster unity and said that enemies should not be allowed to achieve their objectives to create conflicts in the Muslim world.
Meanwhile, in a meeting with Patriarch of Egypt’s Coptic Christians Pope Tawadros II, the Iranian Minister highlighted the significance of peaceful coexistence of the Muslims and Christians.
Pope Tawadros said that Iran has a historical civilization and followers of different religions, including Zoroastrians, Jews, Christians and Muslims, and they all have had a brotherly coexistence in the country.
Salehi wrapped up his day-long visit to Egypt and arrived in Tehran early on Friday.
During his Cairo trip, the Iranian minister held talks with senior Egyptian officials, including President Mohamed Morsi and Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr on Thursday.
Salehi also exchanged views with UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, and Arab League Secretary-General, Nabil al-Arabi, on the latest developments in the region and the Syrian unrest in particular.